Saraiki language

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Native toPakistan
RegionSouthern Punjab, Northern Sindh, and Eastern Balochistan (Khetrani)
Native speakers
17 million (2007)[1]
Persian alphabet, Laṇḍā scripts particularly Gurumukhi, Devanagari script, Langdi script
Official status
Regulated byNo official regulation
Language codes
ISO 639-3skr

Saraiki (sometimes spelled Siraiki and Seraiki) is a language of Pakistan. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan language group, spoken by Saraiki people. It is spoken by about 26 million people as of 2017. Saraiki is native to south of Punjab province. Saraiki is also spoken Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces of Pakistan. Many linguists consider it a mix of Punjabi and Sindhi.[2]

The word Saraiki is probably derived from the Sindhi word Siraiki, which means dialect/language of Serai.

References[change | change source]

  1. Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. "Saraiki language, alphabet and pronunciation".