Khetrani language

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Khetrani
Native toPakistan
Native speakers
over 100,000 (2017)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3xhe
Glottologkhet1238[2]

Khetrani is an Indo-Aryan language. It is spoken in northeast Balochistan province (Pakistan). About 4,000 people speak it. It is member of Lahnda group. It is related to Saraiki and to Sindhi. The literacy rate for native speakers is below 1% and below 5% for those speaking it as a second language.

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  1. Birmani & Ahmed (2017, pp. 4–5) estimate that it is spoken by at least 100,000 people out of an ethnic population of about 150,000. Two decades previously, Elfenbein (1994, p. 72) had estimated the number of speakers between 40,000 and 45,000.
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Khetrani". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.