Wasi-wari language

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Native to Afghanistan
Region Prasun Valley
Native speakers
8,000  (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 prn
Glottolog pras1239[2]
Linguasphere 58-ACB-b

Wasi-wari (Vasi-vari, Wasi-weri) is a language spoken by the Wasi people in a few villages in the Prasun Valley in Afghanistan. The most used alternative names are Prasuni or Prasun.

Vasi-vari belongs to the Indo-European language family, and is on the Nuristani group of the Indo-Iranian branch.

Its speakers have been estimated at 1,000 (2000) and are 100% Muslim. Literacy rates are low: below 1% for people who have it as a first language, and between 15% and 25% for people who have it as a second language.

Vasi-vari is the most isolated of the Nuristani languages.


  1. ^ Wasi-wari at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Prasuni". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • The Vâsi. Retrieved July 2, 2006, from Richard F. Strand: Nuristan, Hidden Land of the Hindu-Kush [1].