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Kohistani, Indus

A language of Pakistan

ISO 639-3mvy

Population  220,000 (1993).
Region  Indus Kohistan District, west bank Indus River.
Language map  Northern Pakistan, reference number 24
Alternate names   Khili, Kohistani, Kohiste, Mair, Maiyã, Maiyon, Shuthun
Dialects  Indus (Mani, Seo, Pattan, Jijal), Duber-Kandia (Manzari, Khili). A separate language from nearby varieties (Bateri [btv], Chilisso [clh], Gowro [gwf], Shina [scl], Torwali [trw], Kalami [gwc]). The names ‘Mani’ and ‘Manzari’ are not used for dialects, but refer to legendary brothers whose descendants settled in the 2 dialect areas. Lexical similarity: 90% among dialects, 70% with Chilisso, 61% with Gowro, 58% with Bateri, 49% with Shina, 28% with Kalami and Torwali.
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Northwestern zone, Dardic, Kohistani
Writing system  Arabic script.