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Gawar-Bati language

Native to Pakistan, Afghanistan
Region Chitral, Kunar Province
Native speakers
unknown (undated figure of 10,000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gwt
Glottolog gawa1247[2]

Gawar-Bati is known in Chitral as Aranduyiwar, because it is spoken in Village Arandu, which is the last village in the bottom of Chitral, Pakistan and is also across the Kunar River from Berkot in Afghanistan. Chitral keeps a military base in Arandu to guard the Pak-Afghan international border.

There are 9,000 speakers of Gawar-Bati, but only 1,500 are in Pakistan. The rest are in Afghanistan.

The Gawar-Bati Language has not been given serious study by linguists, except that it is mentioned by George Morgenstierne (1926) and Kendall Decker (1992). It is classified as a [3]

The Norwegian Linguist Georg Morgenstierne wrote that Chitral is the area of the greatest linguistic diversity in the world. Although Khowar is the predominant language of Chitral, more than ten other languages are spoken here. These include Kalasha-mun, Palula, Dameli, Gawar-Bati, Nuristani, Yidgha, Burushaski, Gujar, Wakhi, Kyrgyz, Persian and Pashto. Since many of these languages have no written form, letters are usually written in Urdu or Persian.


The following tables set out the phonology of the Gawar-Bati Language.[4]


Front Central Back
Close i iː u uː
Mid (e) eː (o) oː
Open a aː

The status of short /e/ and /o/ is unclear.


A breathy voiced series, /bʱ dʱ gʱ/, existed recently in older speakers--and may still do so.

Labial Coronal Retroflex Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɳ
Stop Plain p t ʈ k
Aspirated pʰ [pf f] ʈʰ
Voiced b d ɖ ɡ
Affricate Plain ts
Aspirated tsʰ (tʃʰ)
Voiced (dz)
Fricative Plain s ʂ ʃ x h
Voiced z ʒ ɣ
Lateral Plain l
Fricative ɬ ~ l̥
Rhotic r ɽ
Semivowel j w


  1. ^ Gawar-Bati at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Gawar-Bati". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Bashir, Elena (2007). Jain, Danesh; Cardona, George, eds. The Indo-Aryan languages. p. 905.  
  4. ^ Edelman, D. I. (1983). The Dardic and Nuristani Languages. Moscow: Institut vostokovedenii︠a︡ (Akademii︠a︡ nauk SSSR). p. 139. 


  • Decker, Kendall D. (1992) Languages of Chitral ISBN 969-8023-15-1

External links

  • Georg Morgenstierne multimedia database
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