Koli, Kachi

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Kachi, Kachi Gujarati, Katchi, Kohli, Kolhi, Koli, Kori, Kuchi, Vagari, Vagaria
Population

100,000 in Pakistan (2004 J. Leclerc). 80,000–100,000 Kachi Koli, 5,000–6,000 Rabari, 10,000 Kachi Bhil, 50,000 Vagri, 10,000 Katai Meghwar, 1,000 Zalavaria Koli. Total users in all countries: 500,000.

Location

Lower Sindh Province, an area bordered by Sakrand and Nawabshah north, Matli south, and east beyond Mirpur Khas and Jamesabad, Tando Allahyar, and Tando Adam town areas.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kachi, Rabari (Rahabari), Kachi Bhil, Vagri (Kachi Meghwar), Katai Meghwar, Zalavaria Koli. Becoming more like Sindhi [snd]. Lexical similarity: Kachi dialect; 89% with Kachi and Rabari, 96% with Kachi Bhil, 86% with Vagri, 92% with Katai Meghwar, 88% with Zalavaria Koli, 78% with Gujarati [guj], 76% with Wadiyara Koli [kxp].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Grammar. NT: 2002.
Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab], Naskh style. Gujarati script [Gujr], used by older people.

Other Comments

People with basically the same language are socially quite distinct. Hindu.

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