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Burus̲h̲aski
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is the language of the Burūs̲h̲o, who form the majority of the population of the isolated principalities of Hunza and Nagir [q.v.] in the western Karakoram. It is probably used by about 20,000 persons. A closely related dialect, called Werčikwār, is spoken in the Yāsin valley further west towards Čitrāl. The language was no doubt formerly current over a larger territory than at present. Al-though it shares much vocabulary with the Dardic languages S̲h̲iṇa of Gilgit and Khowār of Čitrāl [see dardic and kāfir languages ], Burus̲h̲aski has no known genetic relationship either with …

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MacKenzie, D. N., “Burus̲h̲aski”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 03 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8432>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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