Ishkashimi language


Ishkashimi language

Infobox Language
name=Ishkashimi
nativename="IPA|škošmi zəvůk"
states=Afghanistan, Tajikistan
speakers=Not known
familycolor=Indo-European
fam2=Indo-Iranian
fam3=Iranian
fam4=Eastern
fam5=Southeastern
fam6=Pamir
script=None
notice=nonotice

The Ishkashimi language is one of the Pamir languages of the Southeastern Iranian language group. Its distribution is in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province in Tajikistan and Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan.

The total number of speakers is c. 2500, most of them are now dispersed throughout Tajikistan and Russia. About 400 still live in a village Ryn on the border with Afghanistan near town Ishkashim (where most inhabitants speak Tajik). Ishkashimi is closely related to Zebaki and Sanglechi (in Afghanistan). Nevertheless, there are considerable differences between this subgroup, the Wakhi language and the other subgroup of the Pamir languages formed by Shughni, Rushani, Sarikoli, Yazgulyam, etc.

External links

* [http://www.angelfire.com/sd/tajikistanupdate/ishstory.html Ishkashimi story with English translation recorded by Grierson (1920)]
* [http://www.angelfire.com/sd/tajikistanupdate/isheng.html Ishkashimi-English Vocabulary List]
* [http://www.angelfire.com/sd/tajikistanupdate/engpamirlanguages.html English-Ishkashimi- Zebaki-Wakhi-Yazghulami Vocabulary]


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