Dhatki

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Dhati
Population

132,000 in Pakistan (2000). 100,000 in Sind (1987). Population total all countries: 148,400.

Location

Lower Sindh, Tharparkar, and Sanghar districts. Also in India.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Barage, Central Dhatki, Eastern Dhatki, Malhi, Southern Dhatki. Varies considerably from northern Marwari [mve], though they claim to understand one another. Lexical similarity: 80%–83% with Marwari [mve] dialects, 88% with Dhatki of Rajasthan and Dhatki of Thar.

Language Use

Some also use Sindhi [snd] or Urdu [urd].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 5%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Radio programs. Bible portions: 1999.
Writing
Arabic script.
Other Comments

Hindu, Muslim, Christian.

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