Vanji language

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Old Wanji
Native to Bukharan Emirate
Extinct late 19th century
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog oldw1238[1]

The Vanji language, also spelt Vanchi and Vanži, is an Iranian language, one of the areal group of Pamir languages. It was spoken in the Vanj River valley in what is now the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province of Tajikistan. In the 19th century the region was forcibly annexed to the Bukharan Emirate and a campaign of violent assimilation undertaken, and by the end of the 19th century, the Vanji language had completely disappeared, displaced by Tajik Persian as a result of assimilation.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Old Wanji". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.