Dhatki language


Dhatki language
Dhatki
Spoken in Pakistan and India (Marwar region of Rajasthan and Thar region of Sindh)(sociolect)
Native speakers 150,400  (1997)
Language family
Indo-European
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mki

Dhatki, also known as Dhati or Thari, is one of the Rajasthani languages of the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family.[1] It is most closely related to Marwari.

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Speakers

Dhatki/Dhati is spoken in western parts of Jaisalmer and Barmer districts of Rajasthan in India and eastern parts of Sindh province of Pakistan by about 150,000 people in all. Some Dhatki-speaking communities migrated to India in 1947 after the independence and continued to do so in small numbers after that date, but the great majority of Dhatki speakers still reside in Pakistan.
Dhatki/Dhati is spoken by these Communities:

The majority speakers of Dhatki language live in Umerkot District and Tharparkar District in Sindh, Pakistan.

Characteristics

Dhatki has implosive consonants.

Samples

A few of the typical sentences in Dhatki are:

  • [tũ ki to kəɾẽ] meaning "What are you doing?",
  • [tɑd͡ʒo nɑ̃ ki əhɛ] meaning "What is your name?",
  • [mɪnɑ ɾoʈi kʰɑɲi əhɛ] meaning "I need to eat".
  • [tũ kɪtʰ pjo d͡ʒɑẽ] where are you going?



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