speakers= 18,700 (
Kata-vari is a
dialectof the Kamkata-viri languagespoken by the Kata in parts of Afghanistanand Pakistan. The most used alternative names are "Kati", "Kativiri" or "Bashgali", which derive from Khowar.
It is spoken by approximately 18,700 people (15,000 in Afghanistan, just over 3,700 in Pakistan), and its speakers are largely
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.
There are two main sub-dialects: Eastern Kata-vari and Western Kata-vari. In Afghanistan, Western Kata-vari is spoken in the Ramgal, Kulam, Ktivi and Paruk valleys. Eastern Kata-vari is spoken in the upper Bashgal Valley. In Pakistan, Eastern Kata-vari is spoken in the
Chitral District, and in Gobar in the Lutkuh Valley. Eastern Kata-vari is spoken in the Bumboret Valleyand in the Urtsun Valley.
* The Kâta. Retrieved July 02, 2006, from "Richard F. Strand: Nuristan, Hidden Land of the Hindu-Kush" [http://users.sedona.net/~strand/Nuristani/Kamkata/Kata/kata.html] .
* Kati. Retrieved June 13, 2006, from "
Ethnologue: Languages of the World", fifteenth edition. SIL International. [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=bsh Online version] .
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