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Peshori (For the dialect spoken in Peshawar)
Hindko in Shahmukhi
Native toPakistan
RegionHazara Division, Peshawar, Kohat, Pothohar
Native speakers
5–7 million (2017–2020)[1][2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
hnd – Southern Hindko
hno – Northern Hindko
The proportion of people with Hindko as their mother tongue in each Pakistani District as of the 2017 Pakistan Census
A Hindko speaker.

Hindko (ہندکو IPA: [ˈɦɪnd̪koː]) is a cover term for a diverse group of Lahnda dialects spoken by several million people of various ethnic backgrounds in several areas in northwestern Pakistan, primarily in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.[3]

There is a nascent language movement,[4] and in recent decades, Hindko-speaking intellectuals have started promoting the view of Hindko as a separate language.[5] There is a literary tradition based on Peshawari,[6] the urban variety of Peshawar in the northwest, and another one based on the language of Abbottabad in the northeast.[7] In the 2017 census of Pakistan, 5.1 million people declared their language to be Hindko,[1] while a 2020 estimate placed the number of speakers at 7 million.[2]

Hindko, to some extent, is mutually intelligible with Punjabi especially the Pahari-Pothwari dialect and Saraiki,[5] and has more affinities with the latter than with the former.[8] Differences with other Punjabi varieties are more pronounced in the morphology and phonology than in the syntax.[9] In a sense, both Hindko, as well as other Lahnda varieties, and Standard Panjabi are "dialects" of a "Greater Punjabi" macrolanguage.[10]

The word Hindko, commonly used to refer to a number of Indo-Aryan dialects spoken in the neighborhood of Pashto, likely originally meant "the Indian language" (in contrast to Pashto).[11] An alternative local name for this language group is Hindki.[12][a] A speaker of Hindko may be referred to as Hindki, Hindkun, or Hindkowan (Hindkuwan).[13]

Like other Lahnda varieties, Hindko is derived from the Shauraseni Prakrit.[14][15]

Due to the effects of dominant languages in Pakistani media such as Urdu, Standard Punjabi, and English and the religious impact of Arabic and Persian, Hindko, like other regional varieties of Pakistan, is continuously expanding its vocabulary base with loan words.[16]

Geographic distribution and dialects

Varieties of Hindko are primarily spoken in a core area in the district of Attock in the northwestern corner of the province of Punjab and in two neighbouring regions: Peshawar to the north-west, and Hazara to the north-east, both in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province). The Hindko of Hazara also extends east into nearby northern regions of Kashmir ,specifically Muzaffarabad district and Neelum Valley.

The central dialect group comprises Kohati (spoken in the city of Kohat and a few neighbouring villages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and the three closely related dialects of Attock District, Punjab: Chacchi (spoken in Attock ), Ghebi (spoken to the south in Pindi Gheb Tehsil), and Awankari (spoken in Talagang Tehsil, now part of Chakwal District).[17][18] Rensch's classification based on lexical similarity[b] also assigns to this group the rural dialects of Peshawar District.[19] Shackle, however, sees most[c] of them as closely related to the urban variety of Peshawar City.[20]

In a group of its own is Peshawari,[d] the prestigious urban variety spoken in the city of Peshawar and the one that is promoted as a standardised literary language.[21] It has a wide dialectal base[22] and has undergone the influence of Urdu and Standard Punjabi.[19][23]

A separate group is formed in the northeast by the relatively homogeneous dialects of the Hazara region,[24][25] which are collectively known as Northern Hindko, with the variety spoken in Kaghan Valley and the variety of Tanawal known variously as Tanoli Hindko, Tanoli ,or Tinauli.[26] Hindko is also spoken further east into Kashmir. It is the predominant language of the Neelum Valley, in the north of Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir, where it is locally known as Parmi (or Pārim; the name likely originated in the Kashmiri word apārim 'from the other side', which was the term used by the Kashmiris of the Vale of Kashmir to refer to the highlanders, who spoke this language).[27] This variety is also spoken across the Line of Control into Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.[28]

The whole dialect continuum of Hindko is partitioned by Ethnologue into two languages: Northern Hindko (ISO 639-3 code: hno)[2] for the dialects of Hazara, and Southern Hindko (ISO 639-3: hnd)[29] for the remaining varieties. This grouping finds support in the results of the intelligibility testing done by Rensch, which also found out that the southern dialects are more widely understood throughout the Hindko area than are the northern ones.[30]

Hindko dialects gradually transition into other varieties of Lahnda and Punjabi to the south. For example, to the southwest across the Salt Range are found dialects of Saraiki,[31] and at least one of these – the one spoken in the Dera Ismail Khan District – is sometimes also referred to as "Hindko".[32] To the southeast, Hindko is in a dialect continuum with Pahari–Pothwari, with the Galyat region of Abbottabad district and the area of Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir approximately falling on the boundary between the two.[33]

There are Hindko diasporas in major urban centers like Karachi,[34] as well as in some neighbouring countries. Some Hindu Hindkowans and Sikh Hindkowans who came to Pakistan during the Sikh empire and adopted Hindko as a language, migrated to India after the partition of India in 1947.[35][36] These Hindko speakers in India identify with the broader Punjabi community.[37] There is also a small diaspora in Afghanistan, which includes members of the Hindu and Sikh community who became established there during the Sikh Empire in the first half of the 19th century. Most of them have emigrated since the rise of the Taliban, and the total population of Sikhs, Hindko-speaking or not, is estimated at around 300 families (as of 2018).[38]

Social setting

There is no generic name for the speakers of Southern Hindko because they belong to diverse ethnic groups and tend to identify themselves by the larger families or castes. However, the Hindko-speaking community belonging to the Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are recognised collectively as Hazarewal, these include the Sayyids, Swatis , Tanolis, Rajputs, Turks, Qureshis and Gujjars.[39]

The most common second language for Hindko-speakers in Pakistan is Urdu and the second most common one is Pashto.[40] In most Hindko-speaking areas, speakers of Pashto live in the same or neighbouring communities (although this is less true in Abbottabad and Kaghan Valley). The relationship between Hindko and its neighbours is not one of stable bilingualism. In terms of domains of use and number of speakers, Hindko is dominant and growing in the north-east; in Hazara for example, it is displacing Pashto and in the Neelum Valley of Azad Jammu & Kashmir it is gaining ground at the expense of the minority languages like Kashmiri.[41] In the cities of Kohat and Peshawar, on the other hand, it is Hindko that is in a weaker position. With the exodus of the Hindko-speaking Hindus and Sikhs after Partitition and the consequent influx of Pashtuns into the vacated areas of the urban economy, there have been signs of a shift towards Pashto.[42][43]



Awankari and Kohati
Labial Dental/
Retroflex Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p   t   ʈ   ʈʰ c   k  
voiced b   d   ɖ   ɖʱ ɟ   ɟʱ ɡ   ɡʱ
Fricative f s   z ɕ x   ɣ ɦ
Nasal m n ɳ
Rhotic r ɽ
Lateral l
Approximant ʋ j
Hazara Hindko
(parentheses indicate phonemes found only in some dialects)
Labial Dental/
Retroflex Post-alv./
Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p   t   ʈ   ʈʰ   tʃʰ k  
voiced b d ɖ ɡ
Fricative f   v s   z ʃ x   ɣ ɦ
Nasal m n (ɳ) (ŋ)
Rhotic r ɽ
Lateral l
Approximant j

Hindko contrasts stop consonants at the labial, alveolar, retroflex, palatal and velar places of articulation. The palatals have been described as pure stops (/c ɟ/) in Awankari,[44] but as affricates (/tʃ dʒ/) in the varieties of Hazara.[45] For the stop consonants of most varieties of Hindko there is a three-way contrast between voiced (b d ɖ ɡ), voiceless (p t ʈ k) and aspirated ( ʈʰ tʃʰ ).[46] Awankari,[47] Kohati,[48] and the varieties of Neelum Valley of Kashmir also distinguish voiced aspirated stops ( ɖʱ dʒʱ ɡʱ).[49] The disappearance of the voiced aspirates from most Hindko varieties has been linked to the development of tone (see below).

Fricatives like /f/, /x/ and /ɣ/ are found in loans (for example from Persian), but also in native words, often as positional allophones of the corresponding stop.[50] Some documented instances include:

  • before other consonants in Kohati (/ɑːxdɑː/ 'saying' versus /ɑːkhɑː/ 'said'),
  • in the middle or end of words in Peshawari (/nɪɣʊl/ 'swallow (verb)'),[51]
  • word-medially after stressed vowels in Abbottabad Hindko (/deːxɽ̃ɑː/ 'to look'),[52]
  • at the ends of words after vowels in the Hindko of Kashmir (/lɪx/ 'write').[53]

Generally, the fricatives can be found in all positions: at the start, the middle, or at the end of the word (Tanoli Hindko: /xrɑːb/ 'spoilt', /ləxxət/ 'small stick', /ʃɑːx/ 'branch'),[54] with relatively few exceptions (one being the restriction on word-final in the Hindko of Kashmir).[55] The labio-dental has been explicitly described as the fricative /v/ for the Hindko of Kashmir,[56] and Tanawal,[57] but as the approximant /ʋ/ in Awankari.[58]

Apart from /m/ and /n/, Hindko dialects distinguish a varying number of other nasal consonants. The retroflex nasal is overall shorter than the other nasals,[59] and at least for the Hindko of Abbottabad it has been described as a nasalised flap: /ɽ̃/.[60] For the Hindko of Kashmir it has been asserted to be an allophone of the alveolar nasal /n/,[61] but it is phonemic in Awankari[62] and Tanoli; in both dialects it can occur in the middle and at the end of a word, as illustrated by the following examples from Tanoli: /tɑːɳɑ̃ː/ 'straight', /mɑːɳ/ 'pride'.[63] The velar nasal /ŋ/ is phonemic in Tanoli: /bɑːŋ/ 'prayer call', /mɑːŋ/ 'fiancée',[64] and in the Hindko of Kashmir, and in both cases it is found only in the middle or at the end of the word.[65] In the main subdialect of Awankari, the velar nasal is only found before velar stops,[62] and similarly, it is not among the phonemes identified for the Hindko of Abbottabad.[66]

Hindko varieties have a single lateral consonant: the alveolar /l/, unlike Punjabi, which additionally has a retroflex lateral /ɭ/.[67] The Awankari dialect, as spoken by Muslims (and not Hindus) and described by Bahri in the 1930s, has a distinctive retroflex lateral, which, however, appears to be in complementary distribution with the alveolar lateral.[68] There are two rhotic sounds in Hindko: an alveolar trill /r/ (with a varying number of vibrations dependent on the phonetic context), and a retroflex flap /ɽ/.[69]


Front Central Back
ɪ ʊ
Open ɑː

Hindko has three short vowels /ɪ/, /ʊ/ and /ə/, and six long vowels: /iː/, /eː/, /æː/, /ɑː/, /oː/ and /uː/. The vowels can be illustrated with the following examples from Tanoli: /tʃɪpp/ 'big stone', /dʊxx/ 'pain', /kəll/ 'yesterday', /biːɽɑː/ 'button', /keː/ 'what', /bæːrɑː/ 'piece of meat', /tɑːr/ 'Sunday', /tʃoːr/ 'thief', /kuːɽɑː/ 'filth'.[71] Length is strongly contrastive and the long vowels are generally twice as long as the corresponding short vowels.[72] The Awankari dialect distinguishes between open and close "o" (/poːlɑː/ 'soft' vs. /pɔːlɑː/ 'shoe').[73]

Varieties of Hindko also possess a number of diphthongs (like /ai/). Which of the many (typically around a dozen) overt vowel combinations should be seen as representing an underlying single segment (a diphthong) rather than simply a sequence of two separate underlying vowels, has varied with the analysis used and the dialect studied.[74]

Nasalised vowels

Hindko dialects possess phonemic nasal vowels (here marked with a tilde above the vowel: ɑ̃). For example, in the Hindko of Azad Kashmir /bɑː/ 'animal disease' contrasts with /bɑ̃ː/ 'arm', and /toːkeː/ 'meat cutters' with /toːkẽː/ 'hindrances'.[75] In this variety of Hindko, as well as in the Hindko of Tanawal, there are nasal counterparts for all, or almost all,[e] of the long vowels, but none for the short vowels.[76] In Awankari and the Hindko of Abbottabad, on the other hand, there is contrastive nasalisation for short vowels as well: /kʰɪɖɑː/ 'make one play' contrasts with /kʰɪ̃ɖɑ/ 'scatter' (in Awankari),[77] /ɡəɖ/ 'mixing' contrasts with /ɡə̃́ɖ/ 'knot').[78] Peshawari and Kohati presumably follow the pattern of Awankari but have historically lost nasalisation from the round vowels (like /u/ or /o/) at the end of the word.[79]

Additionally, vowels get nasalised allophonically when adjacent to a nasal consonant. In the varieties of Tanawal and Kashmir both long and short vowels can be nasalised in this way, but only if they precede the nasal consonant: [dõːn] 'washing', [bẽːn] 'crying'.[80] In the Hindko of Abbottabad, a vowel at the end of some words can be nasalised if it follows a nasal consonant.[81] In the Awankari dialect, vowels can be allophonically nasalised both before and after a nasal consonant, but in either case the effect will depend on the position of stress (see Awankari dialect § Vowels for more details).[77]


Unlike many Indo-Aryan languages, but in common with other Punjabi varieties, Hindko dialects have a system of pitch accent, which is commonly referred to as tone.[82] In Punjabi, pitch accent has historically arisen out of the loss of voiced aspirates (/bʱ ɖʱ dʒʱ ɡʱ ɦ/. Thus in Standard Punjabi, if a voiced aspirate preceded the stressed vowel, it would lose its aspiration and cause the appearance of a high tone on that vowel: /jiːbʱ/ > /jíːb/ 'tongue'. If it followed the stressed vowel, then it would lead to a high tone and lose its aspiration and, if word-initial, its voicing: /ɡʱoːɽaː/ > /kòːɽaː/ 'horse'.[83] The same pattern has been reported for Hazara Hindko, with a low rising tone after historically voiced aspirates (/kòːɽaː/ 'horse' < /ɡʱoːɽaː/), a high falling tone before historic voiced aspirates (/kóːɽaː/ 'leper' < /kóːɽʱaː/), and level tone elsewhere (/koːɽaː/ 'bitter'). According to preliminary observations on the Hazara Hindko variety of Abbottabad, the low tone is less prominent than in Majhi Punjabi, and a trace of the aspiration is preserved: for example 'horse' would be /k(h)òːɽaː/.[84]

The variety spoken to the north-east, in Neelam Valley, has preserved voiced aspirates at the start of the word, so presumably the low tone is not established there. However, there are observations of its appearance in the speech of the residents of the main villages along the highway, likely under the influence of Majhi and Hazara Hindko,[41] and it has similarly been reported in the villages on the Indian side.[85]

The southern Hindko varieties have similarly developed tone, but only when the voiced aspirate followed the stressed vowel; voiced aspirates preceding the stress have remained unchanged: thus /ʋə́d/ 'more' (< vədʱ), but /dʱiː/ 'daughter'.[86] This tone is realised as high falling in Kohati[50] and the eastern subdialect of Awankari, but as high in the northwestern Awankari subdialect.[87] Like Kohati, the variety of Peshawar has high falling tone before historic voiced aspirates. However, it has also developed a distinct tone on stressed vowels after historic voiced aspirates, like northern Hindko and Majhi, with a similar loss of aspiration and voicing. But in contrast to Majhi, this tone is also high falling, and it is distinguished by the accompanying glottalisation: /tˀîː/ 'daughter', /vəˈtˀɑ̂ːiː/ 'congratulations'.[88]


"Vaf" is a unique letter of Hindko, and many Indo-Aryan language. Vaf is used from loanwords of Pashto origin.

Hindko is generally written in a variety of the Punjabi alphabet.[89] It was created by Rehmat Aziz Chitrali at Khowar Academy Chitral.

Hindko Perso-Arabic alphabet
Letter Name of Letter Transcription IPA
آ waḍḍi alif ā /ə/
ا alif a /a/
ب be p /b/
پ pe b /p/
ت te t /t/
ٹ ṭe /ʈ/
ث se s /s/
ج jīm j /d͡ʒ/
چ če č /t͡ʃ/
ح he h /h/
خ xe x /x/
ڇ ʄe ʄ /ʄ/
د dāl d /d/
ڈ ḍāl /ɖ/
ذ zāl (z) /z/
ر re r /r/
ڑ ṛe /ɽ/
ز ze z /z/
ݬ ce c /ɕ/
س sīn s /s/
ش šīn š /ʃ/
ص svād (s) /s/
ض zvād (z) /z/
ط to'e (t) /t/
ظ zo'e (z) /z/
ع ‘ain (‘/'), (a), (e), (ē), (o), (i), (u) /∅/, /ə/, /e/, /ɛ/, /o/, /ɪ/, /ʊ/
غ ǧain ǧ /ɣ/
ف fe f /f/
ق qāf q /q/
ڨ vāf v /v/
ک kāf k /k/
گ gāf g /g/
ل lām l /l/
م mīm m /m/
ن nūn n /n/
ں ñun ñ /ɲ/
ݩ ñun ñ /ɲ/
ݩگ ngun ng /ŋ/
ݨ ṇūn /ɳ/
و wāw w /ʋ/
ؤ waw-e-hamza 'w /ʔu/
ٷ waw-e-humza-e-dumma u /ʊ/
ہ coṭī he h /ɦ/
ھ do cašmī he _h /◌ʰ/, /◌ʱ/
ء hamza ' /ʔ/
ی coṭī ye y, ī /j/, /i/
ئ hamza-e-yeh ai /æː/
ے waḍḍi ye e, ē /e/, /ɛ/


The Gandhara Hindko Board is a leading organisation that has been active in the preservation and promotion of the Hindko and culture since 1993. The board was launched in Peshawar in year 1993 to preserve and promote Hindko —the second most spoken of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. It brings out four regular publications— Hindkowan, The Gandhara Voice, " Sarkhail" and "Tarey" and a number of occasional publications. Late professor Zahoor Ahmad Awan of Peshawar city, the author of 61 books and publications, was the founding-chairman of the board. Now the board is headed by Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi. The board has published first Hindko dictionary and several other books on a variety of topics. With head office in Peshawar, the organisation has regional offices in other cities of the province where Hindko is spoken and understood.

In 2003 the Gandhara Hindko Board published first a Hindko dictionary which was compiled by a prominent linguists from Abbottabad, Sultan Sakoon. The board published a second more comprehensive Hindko dictionary in 2007 prepared by Elahi Bakhsh Awan of the University of London. He is the author of Sarzamin e Hindko, and Hindko Sautiyat. His three booklets on Hindko phonology were published by the University of Peshawar in the late 1970s.

The Idara-e-Faroghe Hindko based in Peshawar is another body that is promoting Hindko. Riffat Akbar Swati and Aurangzeb Ghaznavi are main people of this organisation. The Idara has published the first Hindko translation of the Quran by Haider Zaman Haider and the first Ph.D. thesis on Hindko by E.B.A. Awan. A monthly magazine Faroogh is also published regularly from Peshawar under supervision of Aurangzeb Ghaznavi. In Karachi Syed Mehboob is working for the promotion of Hindko. His articles are frequently published in Farogh monthly. He is organiser of Hindko Falahi Forum.

Many organisations like Bazm-e-Ilm-o-Fun Abbottabad and Halqa-e-Yaraan Shinkyari promote Hindko and literature. Asif Saqib, Sufi Abdur Rasheed, Fazal-e-Akbar Kamal, Sharif Hussain Shah, Muhammad Farid, Yahya Khalid, Nazir Kasalvi, and Muhammad Hanif have contributed a lot in this regard. Sultan Sakoon has written the First Hindko dictionary that has been published by Gandhara Hindko Board. Sultan Sakoon stands out for his literary contribution as he is a prolific writer and his books including those on Hindko proverbs and Hindko riddles have been published.

Poetry example

An excerpt from the Kalām of Ahmad Ali Saayein, which carries Hindko influence on Standard Punjabi:[90]

الف اول ہے عالم ہست سی او
ہاتف آپ پکاریا بسمہ اللہ
فیر قلم نوں حکم نوشت ہویا
ہس کے قلم سر ماریا بسمہ اللہ
نقشہ لوح محفوظ دے وچ سینے
قلم صاف اتاریا بسمہ اللہ
اس تحریر نوں پڑھ کے فرشتیاں نے
سائیاں شکر گزاریا بسمہ اللہ

Transliteration: Alif-Awal hai Alam e hast sī o
Hātif āp pukārā Bismillah
Fīr Qalam nū̃ hukum e Nawišt hoyā
Hus ke qalam sir māriyā Bismillah
Naqšā Loh e Mahfūz dai wic sine
Qalam sāf utāriyā Bismillah
Is Tahrīr nū̃ paṛah ke Farištiyā̃ ne
Sāiyā̃ Šukar guzāriyā Bismillah

Translation: "He is the foremost from the world of existence
Voice of the unseen exclaimed Bismillah
The pen was ordered to write
Pen carried out the order to write Bismillah
When angels read this composition
Saaieaan, they showed their thankfulness with Bismillah"


Hindko has a rich heritage of proverbs (Hindko matlaan, sg. matal).[91][92] An example of a proverb:

جدھر سر ادھر سرہانڑا

Transliteration: Jidur sir udur sarhanra

Translation: "Good person gains respect everywhere."


  1. ^ The term Hindki normally refers to a Hindko speaker and Shackle (1980, p. 482) reports that in Pashto the term has slightly pejorative connotations, which are avoided with the recently introduced term Hindkūn.
  2. ^ Lexical similarity was calculated on the basis of a 210-item wordlist elicited in the following localities:
  3. ^ The exception is the divergent Khālsavī dialect of the Tappa Khālsā group of villages east of the city.
  4. ^ The local pronunciation is [pɪʃʌori]) (Shackle 1980, p. 497).
  5. ^ There is uncertainty about the phonemic status of /æ͂ː/: it is absent according to Nawaz (2014) (for Tanawal) and Haroon-Ur-Rashid & Akhtar (2012, pp. 70, 74) (for Azad Kashmir), but an example is adduced by Haroon-Ur-Rashid (2015b).


  1. ^ a b "TABLE 11 - POPULATION BY MOTHER TONGUE, SEX AND RURAL/ URBAN" (PDF). Retrieved 26 December 2022.
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  3. ^ For the heterogeneity of the dialects, see Rensch (1992, p. 53); Masica (1991, pp. 18–19); Shackle (1980, p. 482): the term Hindko is a "collective label" which "embraces dialects of very different groups, not all of which are even geographically contiguous.". For the ethnic diversity, see Rensch (1992, pp. 10–11)
  4. ^ Shackle 1979, p. 198.
  5. ^ a b Rahman 1996, p. 211.
  6. ^ Shackle 1980, pp. 486, 497, 509: Peshawari is the basis of "an incipient literary standard for the different varieties of NWFP 'Hindko'".
  7. ^ Rahman 1996, pp. 211–14.
  8. ^ Shackle 1979, pp. 200–1.
  9. ^ Shackle 1980, p. 486.
  10. ^ Rahman, Tariq (1995-01-01). "The Siraiki Movement in Pakistan". Language Problems and Language Planning. 19 (1): 16. doi:10.1075/lplp.19.1.01rah. ISSN 0272-2690.
  11. ^ Shackle 1980, p. 482; Rensch 1992, pp. 3–4. See there for alternative etymologies.
  12. ^ Rensch 1992, p. 4.
  13. ^ Nawaz 2014, p. 5; Shackle 1980, p. 482.
  14. ^ Mesthrie, Rajend (2018-09-14). Language in Indenture: A Sociolinguistic History of Bhojpuri-Hindi in South Africa. Routledge. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-429-78579-5. The outer languages descend from various sources: The Eastern group from Magadhi Prakrit, Marathi from Maharastri Prakrit (which was a sub-division of Ardha-Māgadhi Prakrit, leaning more towards Māgadhi than Sauraseni), while Sindhi and Lahnda, whose early histories are not entirely clear, seem to be derived from Apabhramsas which show Sauraseni influence .
  15. ^ Kudva, Venkataraya Narayan (1972). History of the Dakshinatya Saraswats. Samyukta Gowda Saraswata Sabha. p. 218. The Outer branch includes Lahnda spoken in West Punjab, Sindhi, Marathi, Briya Bahari (including its dialect Maithili), Bengali and Assamese. They are derived from Sauraseni Prakrit.
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  18. ^ Rensch 1992, pp. 57, 85.
  19. ^ a b Rensch 1992, pp. 55–56.
  20. ^ Shackle 1980, pp. 497–98.
  21. ^ For its literature and status in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, see Shackle (1980, pp. 486, 509); for the emerging prestige of Peshawari in Hazara, see Rensch (1992, pp. 76–77).
  22. ^ Shackle 1980, p. 497.
  23. ^ Shackle 1980, p. 509.
  24. ^ Shackle 1980, p. 485.
  25. ^ Rensch 1992, p. 56.
  26. ^ Nawaz 2014, pp. 1–4.
  27. ^ Akhtar & Rehman 2007, pp. 68–69.
  28. ^ Sohail, Rehman & Kiani 2016.
  29. ^ Hindko, Southern at Ethnologue (26th ed., 2023) Closed access icon
  30. ^ Rensch 1992, pp. 58–62.
  31. ^ Shackle 1980, p. 484.
  32. ^ Rensch 1992, pp. 7–8, 57.
  33. ^ Lothers & Lothers 2010. The speech of Muzaffarabad is locally called "Hindko", but in its vocabulary it is closer to Pahari.
  34. ^ See Pierce (2011) for a study of a community of Hazara Hindko speakers in Karachi.
  35. ^ The rise and development of Urdu and the importance of regional languages in Pakistan. Christian Study Centre. p. 38. Shackle suggests Hindko simply means "Indian language" and describes it as a "collective label for the variety of Indo-Aryan dialects either alongside or in vicinity of Pushto in the northwest of the country". Hindko is the most significant linguistic minority in the NWFP, represented in nearly one-fifth (18.7%) of the province's total households. ... The Influence of Pushto on Hazara appears to have become more pronounced, due in part to an Influx of Pashtuns replacing the Hindko-speaking Sikhs and Hindus who formerly held key trading positions and who departed at independence.
  36. ^ "Peshawarites still remember the Kapoor family". Daily Times. 29 December 2003.
  37. ^ Venkatesh, Karthik (6 July 2019). "The strange and little-known case of Hindko". Mint. Retrieved 24 September 2019. In India, Hindko is little known, and while there are Hindko speakers in parts of Jammu and Kashmir as well as among other communities who migrated to India post Partition, by and large it has been absorbed under the broad umbrella of Punjabi...There is also a strong sense of a Hindko identity, as the Pakistani state realized when the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) was renamed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2010. The loudest opposition to the renaming came from Hindkowans who feared being submerged in the Pashtun identity of the newly named state. It also prompted calls for a separate state for Hindko speakers.
  38. ^ Wyeth 2018.
  39. ^ Rensch, Calvin Ross; O'Leary, Clare F.; Hallberg, Calinda E. (1992). Sociolinguistic Survey of Northern Pakistan: Hindko and Gujari. National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University. pp. 10–11. Members of a variety of ethnic groups speak the language called Hindko. A large number of Hindko speakers in Hazara Division (Mansehra and Abbottabad Districts) are Pashtoons. Some of those speak Hindko as a second language; many others speak it as their mother tongue. These include the Tahir Kheli Pashtoons, who claim to have migrated to Hazara Division from Afghanistan during the eighteenth century. Many other mother- tongue speakers of Hindko are Swati Pathans, who are said to have formerly spoken Pashto while living in the lower Swat valley. After migrating across the Indus River into Hazara Division, which Ahmed dates around A.D. 1515, the Swatis adopted the Hindko language. There are also Pashtoons belonging to three other groups, the Yusufzai, the Jadun and the Tarin, who have replaced Pashto with Hindko. Many speakers of Hindko belong to groups other than the Pashtoons: Some of these are Saiyids, said to have come to the area in the early centuries of Islamic history, many of whom live in the Peshawar area. Large numbers of Hindko speakers are Avans, particularly in Attock District and Hazara Division. Still others belong to groups of Moughals, Bulghadris, Turks and Qureshis. In Jammun significant numbers of Gujars have adopted Hindko as their first language.
  40. ^ Rensch 1992, p. 80.
  41. ^ a b Akhtar & Rehman 2007, p. 69.
  42. ^ Rensch 1992, pp. 4–5; Shackle 1983.
  43. ^ The rise and development of Urdu and the importance of regional languages in Pakistan. Christian Study Centre. p. 38. Shackle suggests Hindko simply means "Indian language" and describes it as a "collective label for the variety of Indo-Aryan dialects either alongside or in vicinity of Pushto in the northwest of the country". Hindko is the most significant linguistic minority in the NWFP, represented in nearly one-fifth (18.7%) of the province's total households. ... The Influence of Pushto on Hazara appears to have become more pronounced, due in part to an Influx of Pashtuns replacing the Hindko-speaking Sikhs and Hindus who formerly held key trading positions and who departed at independence.
  44. ^ Bahri 1963, pp. 108–9.
  45. ^ Nawaz & Afsar 2016; Bashir & Conners 2019, p. 22; Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015a.
  46. ^ Bashir & Conners 2019, p. 22; Nawaz 2014; Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015b.
  47. ^ Bahri 1963, pp. 21–22, 26. In some subdialects there is a tendency for the loss of the aspiration.
  48. ^ Shackle 1980, pp. 487, 498.
  49. ^ Kiani et al. 2012.
  50. ^ a b Shackle 1980, p. 487.
  51. ^ Shackle 1980, pp. 487, 499.
  52. ^ Bashir & Conners 2019, p. 27.
  53. ^ Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015b, p. 25.
  54. ^ Nawaz 2014, p. 149.
  55. ^ Haroon-Ur-Rashid & Khan 2014, p. 73. There is no such restriction in the Hindko of Tanawal: /rɑ:ɦ/ 'plough' (Nawaz 2014, p. 149).
  56. ^ Haroon-Ur-Rashid & Khan 2014.
  57. ^ Nawaz 2014, pp. 150–153.
  58. ^ Bahri 1963.
  59. ^ See for example Nawaz (2014, p. 130).
  60. ^ Bashir & Conners 2019, p. 26.
  61. ^ Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015b, pp. 28–29, but see also Haroon-Ur-Rashid (2015a, p. 199) for the nasalised flap.
  62. ^ a b Bahri 1963, pp. 113–5.
  63. ^ Nawaz 2014, pp. 128–129.
  64. ^ Nawaz 2014, pp. 128–30. Word-finally, the velar nasal contrasts with nasal + stop sequences: /kə̃ŋɡ/ 'annoyance', and with other nasals: /tʃənn/ 'moon'.
  65. ^ Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015b, p. 28.
  66. ^ Bashir & Conners 2019, p. 22.
  67. ^ Bashir & Conners (2019, p. 26) for Hazara Hindko, Shackle (1980, p. 487) for Kohati.
  68. ^ Bahri 1963, pp. 116–7, 143.
  69. ^ Nawaz 2014, pp. 180–84; Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015a, pp. 198–200; Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015b, p. 29.
  70. ^ Haroon-Ur-Rashid & Akhtar 2012; Haroon-Ur-Rashid & Akhtar 2013, pp. 73–78. Nawaz (2014, pp. 212–13) states that phonetically the most accurate IPA symbol for the central vowel is not /ə/ but /ɐ/.
  71. ^ Nawaz 2014, p. 199.
  72. ^ Nawaz 2014, pp. 207–10; Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015b, pp. 76–79; Haroon-Ur-Rashid & Akhtar 2012; Bahri (1963, pp. 48–53) has a more elaborate classification of vowels by length.
  73. ^ Bahri 1963, pp. 40–46.
  74. ^ Nawaz (2014, pp. 220ff) features a phonemic analysis for the Hazara Hindko of Tanawal; a similar analysis with different conclusions is carried out by Haroon-Ur-Rashid & Akhtar (2012, pp. 71–73) for a variety of Azad Kashmir; Haroon-Ur-Rashid (2015b, pp. 100–11) presents an acoustic analysis of the same variety with yet different results. An exhaustive catalogue of vowel sequences is found in Bahri (1963).
  75. ^ Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015b, p. 94.
  76. ^ Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015b, pp. 92–95; Nawaz 2014, pp. 227–32.
  77. ^ a b Bahri 1963, p. 61.
  78. ^ Bashir & Conners 2019, pp. 44–45.
  79. ^ Shackle 1980, p. 500.
  80. ^ Haroon-Ur-Rashid 2015b, pp. 92–93; Nawaz 2014, pp. 227–32
  81. ^ Bashir & Conners 2019, p. 44.
  82. ^ For the characterisation of Punjabi tone as pitch accent, see Bhardwaj (2016, pp. 67–70).
  83. ^ Bhardwaj 2016, pp. 71–72.
  84. ^ Bashir & Conners 2019, pp. 47–48.
  85. ^ Sohail, Rehman & Kiani 2016, p. 109.
  86. ^ Shackle 2003, pp. 593–94.
  87. ^ In the analysis by Bahl (1957). But see also Bahri (1963, pp. 189–91).
  88. ^ This is the interpretation in Shackle (1980, pp. 498–99). Awan (1974) presents a different, much more detailed analysis, where tone is treated as a feature of the whole phrase, not the individual word, and where the exact phonetic realisation may vary significantly.
  89. ^ "Hindko Qaida by Rehmat Aziz Chitrali published by Khowar Academy Chitral".
  90. ^ الف اول ہے عالم ہست سی او
  91. ^ Hindko, Matlaan (2015). Hindko Matlaa'n: 151 Hindko Proverbs. Gandhara Hindko Board.
  92. ^ "The Gandhara Hindko Academy Launched an App of the Hindko language proverbs". 2018.


Further reading

  • 2004: Hindko Sautiyat, Dr E.B.A. Awan, published by Gandhara Hindko Board Peshawar in 2004.
  • 2005: Hindko Land - a thesis presented by Dr E.B.A. Awan at the World Hindko Conference at Peshawar in 2005.
  • 1978: "Rival linguistic identities in Pakistan Punjab." Rule, protest, identity: aspects of modern South Asia (ed. P. Robb & D. Taylor), 213–34. London: Curzon
  • Monthly Farogh Peshawar Hindko magazine March 2010.
  • Karachi main Hindko zaban o adab Dr.Syed Mehboob ka kirdar " by Kamal Shah
  • Toker, Halil (2014). A practical guide to Hindko Grammar. Trafford Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4907-2379-2. (based on the Hindko of Peshawar)