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Bartangi (Bartangi ziv)

Bartangi is a Pamir language spoken in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province of Tajikistan by about 3,000 people. It is spoken along the Bartang River from Yemtz to Nikbist. It is often classified as a dialect of Shugni, but is quite different. It is most similar to Rushani and Orosori, varieties of Shugni spoken nearby.

Bartangi was first documented by the French linguist, Robert Gauthiot, in the early 20th century. Since then little has been written in or about the language. The number of speakers declined during the 20th century due to the relative strength of Tajik, Russian and Uzbek, the depopulation of Bartangi-speaking areas and the forced migration of Bartangi speakers to other areas. However since 1959 the Bartangi population has been increasing.

Bartangi alphabet and pronunciation

Bartangi alphabet and pronunciation

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Information about the Bartangi alphabet and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel.

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