Saraiki dialect

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Saraiki
سرائیکی, ਸਰਾਇਕੀ, सराइकी
Native to Pakistan, India,[1] Afghanistan[2]
Region mainly South Punjab
Native speakers 17 million  (2007)[3]
Language family
Dialects
Riasati (Riyasati–Bahawalpuri)
Writing system Persian alphabet, Laṇḍā scripts particularly Gurumukhi, Devanagari script, Langdi script
Official status
Regulated by No official regulation
Language codes
ISO 639-3 skr

The Saraiki dialect (Perso-Arabic: سرائیکی sometimes spelled Siraiki and Seraiki) is closely related to Punjabi. It is a dialect of Punjabi as agreed by majority of local and foreign linguists since late 90's. It is spoken by approximately 18 million Pakistanis, mostly in the southern part of Punjab Province and in adjacent parts of Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwas. Saraiki belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of Indo-European.

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