Thali dialect

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Punjabi dialects

Thaḷī, is a Western Punjabi dialect spoken in parts of the Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It has a widespread area, starting from Tank to Muzzafargarh on eastern end of Indus River and from Bannu runs down to D I khan at western end of Indus River.[citation needed] It is classified as a northern dialect of Saraiki,[1][2] although it has also been described as transitional between Shahpuri and the central Saraiki Multani dialect.[3]Its name is derived from the Thal Desert.[3]

It is one of several Saraiki dialects that are commonly known as Jaṭkī.[4] It is spoken in Jhelum District and parts of the former Shahpur District where it is known as Thaḷī. Its local name in Jhang District is Thaḷochṛī.[5] In Dera Ismail Khan District it goes by the name of Ḍerāwāl[6] or Derawali,[3] and in Mianwali and Bannu districts it is known as Hindko or Mulkī.[3] Inhabitants of Dera Ismail Khan District, presumably speakers of this dialect, variously identify their language as Saraiki or Hindko.[7] Likewise for those living in Mianwali District, who identify their language as either Punjabi or Saraiki.[8]

Thali is spoken in the following districts of Punjab Province and districts of Kyber Pakhtunkha Province:[citation needed]


  1. ^ Wagha 1997, pp. 229–31.
  2. ^ Shackle 1976, p. 8.
  3. ^ a b c d Singh 1970, p. 142.
  4. ^ Use of the term Jatki: Singh 1970 (for Thali), Masica 1991, p. 430 (for other Saraiki varieties).
  5. ^ Grierson 1919, p. 381.
  6. ^ Masica 1991, p. 426.
  7. ^ Rensch 1992, pp. 7–8, 57.
  8. ^ South Asia Partnership-Pakistan. Profile of district Mianwali (PDF). pp. 12–13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2013.