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Created by Shaikh Mohammadi tribe
Setting and usage trade
secret cant
Sources perhaps Kohistani
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog adur1234[1]

Adurgari (ادرغارى) is a secret cant of the nomadic Shaikh Mohammadi tribe of peddlers of Afghanistan, used especially in the presence of outsiders.[2] It is not a native language but is taught to children around age seven; all adults speak it in addition to Persian and Pashto. It contains a mixture of words, but resembles Kohistani of Pakistan.[3]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Adurgari". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ "Encyclopedia Ethnography of Middle-East and Central Asia" (Vol. 1, A 1) edited by R. Khanam
  3. ^ David Phillips, 2001, Peoples on the Move: Introducing the Nomads of the World