Too late to save Badeshi

Bishigram valley in Swat (Pakistan) is home to near extinct Indo-Iranian language Badeshi. Once spoken extensively in the mountainous valley of Pakistan, now only three old men in the whole world can speak Badeshi and considered extinct. The old men fear that with their death, this ancient language will be no more. Badeshi language has been taken over by Torwali language in the valley which itself under pressure due to Pashto language.

According to Rahim Gul, one of the Badeshi speaker, “A generation ago, Badeshi was spoken in the entire village. But then we brought women from other villages [for marriage] who spoke Torwali language. Their children spoke in their mother tongue, so our language started dying out.”

News source: BBC

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