Pashayi languages

language or language group spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan
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Pashayi - also known as Pashai - are a group of Dardic languages spoken by the Pashai people in parts of Kapisa, Laghman, Nuristan, Kunar, and Nangarhar Provinces in northeastern Afghanistan.

Native toAfghanistan
Native speakers
(108,000 cited 1982)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
aee – Northeastern
glh – Northwestern
psi – Southeastern
psh – Southwestern

It is spoken by over 216,842 people who are mostly Muslim. Most of them are bilingual in Pashto. Only 25% are able to read. The Pashai language was not written prior to 2003.[2]


  1. Pashayi languages at Ethnologue