Baluchi is a Northwestern Iranian language spoken by about seven million
people. Most Baluchi speakers live in Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, but there
as also speakers in India, the Arab Gulf States, Turkmenistan and East Africa.
Baluchi first started to be written during the 19th century. At first it was
written with the Latin alphabet using a spelling system devised by British
linguists. After Pakistan gained independence in 1947, Baloch scholars adopted the
Perso-Arabic script to write their language. Baluchi is written with a version of
the Arabic script based on Pashto in Afghanistan.
Baluchi, which is also known as Balochi Baloci or Baluci, has two main
dialects: Eastern and Western, the main dialect used in Baluchi literature.
Baluchi alphabet and pronunciation
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