||The introduction to this article does not have enough information for people unfamiliar with the subject. (October 2012)|
|سرائیکی, ਸਰਾਇਕੀ, सराइकी|
|Native to||Pakistan, India, Afghanistan|
|Region||mainly South Punjab|
|Native speakers||17 million (2007)|
|Writing system||Persian alphabet, Laṇḍā scripts particularly Gurumukhi, Devanagari script, Langdi script|
|Regulated by||No official regulation|
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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- "Abstract of speakers’ strength of languages and mother tongues – 2001". http://www.censusindia.gov.in/Census_Data_2001/Census_Data_Online/Language/Statement1.htm. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
- "Siraiki and Kandhari (Multani)". Afghan Hindu. http://www.siraiki.20fr.com/photo.html. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
- Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007