Munji language

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Native to Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
Native speakers
5,300 (2008)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mnj
Glottolog munj1244[2]
Linguasphere 58-ABD-ba

The Munji language, also known as Munjani, Munjhan, and Munjiwar language,[3] is a Pamir language spoken in Munjan valley in Badakhshan Province in northeast Afghanistan. It is similar to the Yidgha language which is spoken in the Upper Lotkoh Valley of Chitral, west of Garam Chishma in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[4]

Historically, Munji displays the closest possible linguistic affinity with the now-extinct Bactrian language.[5]

The Garam Chishma area became important during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. During the invasion, the Soviets were unable to stop the flow of arms and men back and forth across the Dorah Pass that separates Chitral from Badakshan in Afghanistan. Between the two dialects spoken in the area of Mamalgha Valley and the area of Munjan Valley, differed as the Northern and Southern Dialects, the language has moved to parts of Chitral after the War in Afghanistan forced the people to flee to safer areas.[6] Almost the entire Munji-speaking population of Afghanistan fled across the border to Chitral during the War in Afghanistan.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Munji at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Munji". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ "Did you know Munji is threatened?". Endangered Languages. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  4. ^ Risley, H.H.; E.A. Gait (1903). Report on the Census of India, 1901. Calcutta: Superintendent of Government Printing. p. 294. 
  5. ^ Waghmar, Burzine K. (2001) 'Bactrian History and Language: An Overview.' Journal of the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, 64. pp. 40-48.
  6. ^ Decker, Kendell D. (1992). Languages of Chitral. National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan and Summer Institute of Linguistics. p. 50. 

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