Vasi-vari language


Vasi-vari language

Infobox Language
name= Vasi-vari
familycolor= Indo-European
states= Afghanistan
region= Prasun Valley
speakers= 1,000 (2000)
fam2=Indo-Iranian
fam3=Nuristani
nation="none"
iso1="none"|iso2="none"|iso3= prn|notice=Indic

Vasi-vari is a language spoken by the Vasi in a few villages in the Prasun Valley in Afghanistan. The most used alternative names are "Prasuni" or "Prasun", which derive from Pashto.

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

Its speakers have been estimated at 1,000 (2000) and 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.

Vasi-vari is the most isolated of the Nuristani languages.

References

* The Vâsi. Retrieved July 02, 2006, from "Richard F. Strand: Nuristan, Hidden Land of the Hindu-Kush" [http://users.sedona.net/~strand/Nuristani/Vasi/vasi.html] .
* Prasuni. Retrieved June 13, 2006, from "Ethnologue: Languages of the World", fifteenth edition. SIL International. [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=prn Online version] .


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