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Burushaski is spoken by 40,000 people living in the mountainous regions of northwestern Kashmir. It is of special interest to philologists in that it appears to be completely unrelated to any other language of the area, or for that matter to any other language of the world. It is probably a remnant of some prehistoric language community, all but obliterated by successive Dravidian and Indo-European invasions. There is an alphabet for this language, but its use is not frequent or standardized. The text above is merely a phonetic transcription of the spoken language.

Burushaski is spoken/used in Pakistan

Language Family
Family: Independent

Copyright © Kenneth Katzner, The Languages of the World, Published by Routledge.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample


I shall tell the story of a man called Faqir Ali.
He had a son, his name was Derbesho. He was staying at the Shishper grazing ground. One day he took the goats off to graze in the direction of Hunumun Mun. Leaving the goats in the pasture, he laid himself down. When he had lain down and had gone to sleep, a call came: "Derbesho! Derbesho!" He woke up. On waking up he saw that a beautiful maiden had come up to his head.
She said to him: 'My father is calling you." When she said this he followed the girl and came to the foot of Hunumun Mun. On appuoaching it, a door oponed in the mountain. When he went in a man with a golden mustache was sitting there, and seven beautiful women were sitting there with sitars. Derbesho entered and salaamed. The man responded to his salaam. Having done so he said to his daughters: "Play a tune for Derbesho on the sitar." The seven took their sitars and while singing with sweet voices played a tune.