Palula (پالولہ)

Palula is a member of the Dardic subgroup of the Indo-Aryan language family. It is spoken by about 10,000 people in the Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. Specifically it is spoken in the Ashret, Biori and Shishi valleys.

In some areas Palula speakers are shifting to Khowar, but in Biori and Ashret valleys it is the main language of the Palula population. It is used in some schools, and some literature and textbooks are being produced in the language.

A society for the promotion of Palula, or Anjuman-e-taraqqi-e-Palula was set up in 2004 to encourage use of the language, and documentation of Palula history and culture.

The language name is also written Phalura, Palola or Phalulo, and the also known as Ashreti (Aćharêtâʹ) or Dangarikwar. It's native name is پالولہ.

Palula alphabet and pronunciation

Palula alphabet and pronunciation

Tone indication

Unstressed short vowel: a
High level or falling short vowel: á
Unstressed long vowel: aa
Falling long vowel: áa
Rising long vowel: aá


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Sample text

ڇھَترولَ اَنگرےزَانوم خبَار دِتِ کِ رَاژِی مُقَبِلَ بھَانُ. تھَنِیتوۡ تَ اَڅھَرےتِی خَلَکَ گِیَ تَا تھےۡ تا بےۡ بَ آ مِیش تَسِی نو بَ سُلطَان محَمَد سوۡ مَیدونے نِکھَاتُ کِ مَ کھِلےۡی درھَکَانُ.


Ċhatróola angreezaanóom xabaár díti ki ráajii muqaabilá bháanu. Thaníito ta achareetíi xálaka gíia táa the táa be ba áa míiš tasíi nóo ba Sultaan Mhamád so maydóonee nikháatu ki ma khiléy drhakáanu.


In Chitral the British announced that there would be a tug-of-war. And the people of Ashret went there. When they had arrived one man, whose name was Sultan Muhammad, stepped out into the field and said he alone would pull the rope.


Details of the Palula alphabet and the sample text supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum

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Dardic languages

Indus Kohistani, Kalkoti, Kashmiri, Khowar, Palula, Sawi, Shina, Torwali

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