Hijra Farsi

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Hijra Farsi
Native toIndia, Pakistan
Native speakers
Unknown (2017)
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)
GlottologNone

Hijra Farsi is a secret language spoken by South-Asian hijra and koti communities. Hijras are a marginalized transgender community living in sequestered groups in many cities of India and Pakistan. The language, also known as Koti Farsi, is spoken by the hijra community throughout Pakistan and North India (except West Bengal). It is based on Hindustani and not Farsi, as suggested by the name.[2] The sentence structure is similar to Urdu with noticeable distinctions.[3] Hijra Farsi is mainly spoken by Muslim Hijras.

References[change | change source]

  1. Hindustani (2005). Keith Brown (ed.). Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd ed.). Elsevier. ISBN 0-08-044299-4.
  2. "Stanford Linguistics Colloquium". stanford.edu. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  3. Sheeraz, Muhammad, and Ayaz Afsar. "Farsi: An Invisible But Loaded Weapon for the Emerging Hijraism in Pakistan." Kashmir Journal of Language Research 14, no. 2 (2011).