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Extinct: no
Family: Other
Branch: Independent
Continent: Asia
Country: Pakistan
Region: Hunza-Nagar area and Yasin area in Gilgit District, Northern Areas. Scattered speakers also in Gilgit, Kashmir, and various cities. Also spoken in India.
Countries Where Spoken: 55,000 to 60,000 (1981). Population total both countries 55,000 to 60,000.
Countries Where Official: Pakistan
Native Speakers: 55,000
Speakers Total: 60,000
Phrasebase members who speak Burushaski at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Burushaski at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Burushaski: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Burushaski: 0
Three Letter Code: BSK
Summary: Werchikwar is geographically separated from other dialects. Nagar and Hunza dialects have 91% to 94% lexical similarity. Werchikwar has 67% to 72% lexical similarity with Hunza, 66% to 71% with Nagar, and may be a separate language. Werchikwar speakers are somewhat bilingual in Khowar. Knowledge of Urdu is limited among women and some others. People are called Burusho. SOV. Literacy rate in second language: 20%. Ismaili Muslim, Shi"a Muslim (Nagar).

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