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Waigali
Spoken in Afghanistan
Region Kunar Province
Total speakers 1,500 (2000, Van Driem)
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 wbk

Waigali or Waigeli is a language spoken by the Kalasha of the Nuristan Province in a few villages in the central part of the Kunar Province of Afghanistan. The native name is Kalasa-Alâ or simply Kalasa.

Waigali belongs to the Indo-European language family, and is on the Nuristani group of the Indo-Iranian branch.

According to the Badshah Munir Bukhari that Its speakers have been estimated at 1,500 (2000, Van Driem) and are overwhelmingly 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.

It has a lexical similarity of approximately 76% to 80% with the Tregami language.

Note, there is no closer connection between Kalasha-ala and Kalasha-mun. These two languages descend from different branches of the Indo-Iranian language. According to linguist Richard Strand the Kalasha of Chitral apparently adopted the term of the former Kafiristan Kalash, who at some unknown time extended their influence into the region of Chitral.

References

  • The Kalasha. Retrieved July 02, 2006, from Richard F. Strand: Nuristan, Hidden Land of the Hindu-Kush [1].
  • Waigali. Retrieved June 13, 2006, from Ethnologue: Languages of the World, fifteenth edition. SIL International. Online version.
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