Dhani dialect

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Dhani, or Dhanni,[1] is a group of Western Punjabi dialects spoken in parts of Rawalpindi Division (Pothohar) of Pakistani Punjab. They are spoken throughout a widespread area, including Chakwal[2] and Jhelum Districts, as well as in neighbouring Attock District. Its name is derived from Dhan valley where its spoken.[citation needed] The closely related dialect Sohāī̃ is spoken in the Fateh Jang Tehsil of Attock District.[1]


In the 1920s G.A. Grierson in his Linguistic Survey of India called this group North-Western Lahnda.[1]

Dialect speaking areas[edit]

Chakwal district of Punjab Province of Pakistan and neighboring districts speak this dialect.


  1. ^ a b c Shackle 1980, p. 484.
  2. ^ History of Chakwal | I Have A Dream In My Eyes. Meetcornor.wordpress.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-12.


  • Shackle, Christopher (1980). "Hindko in Kohat and Peshawar". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 43 (3): 482. doi:10.1017/S0041977X00137401. ISSN 0041-977X.

Further reading[edit]

  • A'van, Anvar Beg (1968). Dhannī adab o saqafāt. Chakwal.