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škošmi zəvůk
Spoken in Afghanistan, Tajikistan
Total speakers Not known
Language family Indo-European
Writing system None
Language codes
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The Ishkashimi language is one of the Pamir languages of the Southeastern Iranian language group. Its distribution is in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province in Tajikistan and Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan.

The total number of speakers is c. 2500, most of them are now dispersed throughout Tajikistan and Russia. About 400 still live in the village of Ryn on the border with Afghanistan near the town of Ishkoshim. Ishkashimi is closely related to Zebaki and Sanglechi (in Afghanistan). Nevertheless, there are considerable differences between this subgroup, the Wakhi language and the other subgroup of the Pamir languages formed by Shughni, Rushani, Sarikoli, Yazgulyam, etc.

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