In the Pakistani province of Sindh, the official language is known as Sindhi, one of India’s 22 officially recognized languages. According to Wikipedia, there are roughly 27 million Sindhi speakers, making it a major world language. Since part of the Sindh is in Pakistan and another part is in India, the language has evolved and assimilated into each culture and formed several dialects and sub-dialects.
There are six main Sindhi dialects, and the appropriate dialect depends on the region where it will be read and/or heard. Most of these dialects are spoken in one or more regions only, but a few are spoken in other parts of the world as well. They are:
- Thari (also called Thareli)
- Kacchi (also called Kutchi)
- Sindhi Saraiki
Loan words make up some portion of the Sindhi language, including words in Persian, Arabic, English, and Hindustani. However, the vast majority of the language is unchanged from its origins, unlike most other Indian languages today.
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