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Extinct: no
Family: Indo-European
Branch: Indic
Continent: Asia
Country: Pakistan
Region: SINDHI: Sindh. Also possibly United Arab Emirates. Also spoken in India, Oman, Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom, USA. SINDHI BHIL: Sindh Province, Mohrano, Badin-Matli-Thatta, Ghorabari (on west). Sindhi Meghwar are scattered in an area from Badin-Matli to Tando Allahyar.
Countries Where Spoken: SINDHI: 16,992,000 in Pakistan (1993 Johnstone), including 1,200,000 Hindu Sindhi (1986). Population total all countries 19,720,000 or more. India. SINDHI BHIL: 10,000 to 50,000 (1998).
Countries Where Official: Pakistan
Native Speakers: 16,992,000
Speakers Total: 19,720,000
Phrasebase members who speak Sindhi at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Sindhi at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Sindhi: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Sindhi: 0
Three Letter Code: SND
Alternative Names: none
Summary: SINDHI: Some southern Bhil groups speak dialects of Sindhi. Katiavari Kachi has 77% lexical similarity with Sindhi. 100,000 speakers in rural Sindh came originally from the Kathiawar Peninsula in India. They are solidly Muslim, have widespread bilingualism in Sindh, and are almost completely assimilated with the Sindhi people. Some Hindu speakers are first language speakers, most are second language speakers. Shikari (hunter) Bhils are a nomadic group of 2,000 to 3,000 who live in southern Sindh Province, centered around Badin, and have adopted the Sindhi language. Some are Hindu, others are Muslim. They are not literate. Official language. Dictionary. Arabic script used in Pakistan. Muslim, Hindu, Christian (a few). Bible 1954. SINDHI BHIL: Badin is close to Sindhi. Mohrani has 82% lexical similarity with Sindhi; Sindhi Bhil has 89% with Sindhi Meghwar. They can converse in Sindhi, those in Mohrano area also in Dhatki. Women use Sindhi Bhil when talking to Sindhi and Dhatki speakers. Speakers consider the Mohrano dialect to be different from Sindhi and Dhatki. There is a positive attitude toward its use in traditional ceremonies. They have positive attitudes toward the Dhatki Bhil and Marwari Bhil, and there is intermarriage with them. The Dhatki Bhil tend to look down on the Sindhi Bhil. The Sindhi Bhil look with favor on the idea of literature in their language. Investigation needed: intelligibility with Sindhi, Dhatki. Sindhi or Dhatki orthographies acceptable. Hindu (mainly, Mohrano area), Muslim (more in Badin area).

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