Nuristani languages

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The Nuristani languages (Perso-Arabic: ) are one of the three groups within the Indo-Iranian language family, alongside the much larger Indo-Aryan and Iranian groups.SIL Ethnologue They are spoken primarily in eastern Afghanistan. Many Nuristani languages are subject–object–verb (SOV) like most of the languages Indo-iranian languages adjacent to it (such as other Indo-Aryan and Iranian) and many other languages in Asia, distinct from Dardic for the apparent V2 verb order which is notably used in German, Old English and Dutch. The languages were often confused with each other before concluding a third branch in Indo-Iranian, and also accounting many Burushaski loanwords present in Dardic.


The Nuristani languages were not described in the literature until the 19th century. The older name for the region was Kafiristan and the languages were termed Kafiri or Kafiristani, but the terms have been replaced by the present ones since the conversion of the region to Islam in 1896.

Nuristani languages are generally regarded as an independent group, as one of the three sub-groups of Indo-Iranian, following the...
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