Askunu language

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Native to Afghanistan
Region Nuristan Province
Native speakers
40,000  (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ask
Glottolog ashk1246[2]
Linguasphere 58-ACA-a

Âṣkuňu is a language of Afghanistan spoken by the Âṣkuňu, Saňu, and Grâmsaňâ people in the region of the central Pech Valley around Wâmâ and in some eastern tributary valleys of the upper Alingar River in Afghanistan's Nuristan province. The most used alternative name for all three tribes is Ashkun, which was first noted by George Scott Robertson in 1896.

It is classified as member of the Nuristani sub-family of the Indo-Iranian languages.

See also[edit]

List of endangered languages in Asia


  1. ^ Askuňu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ashkun". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Strand, Richard F. (2010). "Nurestâni Languages". Encyclopaedia Iranica, Online Edition. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 

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