A language of Pakistan


50,000 (1996 R. Hoyle).


Sindh province: Badin, Hala, Hyderabad, Jusab Jang, Karachi Habchopi, Khokhar Bughera, Makli, Matli, Mirpurkhas, Nabisar, Nagar Parkar, Sato Mel, Tando Adam, Tando Allahyar, Tando Jam, Tando Sain Dad, Taz Mori, Thatta, Umerkot.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Lexical similarity: 75%–83% with Goaria [gig], 69%–82% with Loarki [lrk], 70%–78% with Marwari (Southern) [mve].

Language Use

All domains. Used by all. Most also use Dhatki [mki], Marwari [mve]. Also use Urdu [urd]. Also use Gujarati [guj], particularly for religious purposes. Also use Hindi [hin], particularly for religious purposes. Also use Sindhi [snd], especially by women and children, but with very low proficiency, and by men in contact with outsiders.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

The Jogis may also identify themselves as Marwaris (came from Marwar area in Rajasthan India), or as Gujaratis.

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