Shina, Kohistani

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Kohistani, Kohistyo, Palasi-Kohistani
Population

352,000 (2004 J. Leclerc), increasing.

Location

North-West Frontier Province, Kohistan district, east bank Indus river, Jalkot, Palas, and Kolai valley areas.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Palasi (Palas), Jalkoti (Jalkot), Kolai (Koli). A somewhat divergent variety of Shina linguistically and socially. Reportedly similar to Shina [scl] of Chilas, but more distant from Gilgit [scl] dialect.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Bateri [btv], Chilisso [clh], Gowro [gwf].

Writing

Arabic script, Nastaliq variant [Aran], in development.

Other Comments

Muslim.

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