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Spoken in Afghanistan
Total speakers 216,842 (Ethnologue)
Language family Indo-European
Official status
Official language in none
Regulated by No official regulation
Language codes
ISO 639-1 none
ISO 639-2 none
ISO 639-3 variously:
aee – Northeastern
glh – Northwestern
psi – Southeastern
psh – Southwestern
Indic script
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Pashayi - also known as Pashai - is a language (or a group of languages) spoken in parts of Kapisa, Laghman, Nuristan, Kunar, and Nangarhar Provinces in Northeastern Afghanistan.

It belongs to the Indo-European language family, and is on the Dardic group of the Indo-Aryan branch.[1]

It was spoken by over 216,842 people who are predominantly Muslim. Literacy rates are low: below 1% for people who have it as a first language, and between 15% to 25% for people who have it as a second language.[2]

There are four main varieties, which are all mutually unintelligible: the Northeastern, the Northwestern, the Southeastern and the Southwestern.


  1. ^ Colin P. Masica: The Indo-Aryan Languages. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1991. S. 440.
  2. ^

* Pashayi. Retrieved June 13, 2006, from Ethnologue: Languages of the World, fifteenth edition. SIL International. Online version.



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