Waigali

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Kalasha ala, Suki, Wai, Wai-Ala, Waigala, Waigalii, Waigeli, Zhonjigali
Population

11,500 (2011), increasing. 2,300 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 11,500.

Location

Konar province: north of Pech; Nurestan province: southeast; north Waigal valley (Varjan): Ameshdesh, Jamach, Waigal, Zonchigal villages, and east in Veligal valley villages; lower valley villages (Chima-Nishey).

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Varjan, Chima-Nishey. Lexical similarity: 76%–80% with Tregami [trm].

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Northern Pashto [pbu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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