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IRANIAN LANGUAGES

SHUGHNI


 

The Shughni language, together with the Roshani, Khufi, Bartangi, Oroshori and Sarikoli languages, forms the Shughni-Roshani or northern group of the Pamir languages of the Eastern-Iranian languages group of the Indo-European family of languages. 

 

These languages are so close to each other that mutual understanding presents no difficulties. Shughni-speakers form the largest grouping within these languages and they are the largest of the Pamir Iranian-speaking minorities, constituting over a half of all Pamir smaller peoples. 

 

Although the Shughnis and their language attracted academic interest earlier than other Pamir peoples, scarcely any literature or publications exist on them. 

 

The first published data concerning the Shughni language appeared in an article by R. Shaw "On the Shighni (Ghalchah) Dialect" (Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, vol. 46, 1877). 

 

The Shughni language, including the dialects of Bajuvi (Bajui) and Shakhdar, is also spoken outside of the ex-Soviet territories, in the Afghan Badakhshan. A considerable number of Shughnis live in Kabul, although they are becoming assimilated.

 

 

 

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