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Saraiki
ਸਰਾਇਕੀ
Native toPakistan, India
Regionmainly South Punjab
Native speakers17 million  (2007)[1]
Language family
Dialects
Riasati (Riyasati–Bahawalpuri)
Writing systemPersian alphabet, Laṇḍā scripts particularly Gurumukhi, Devanagari script, Langdi script
Official status
Regulated byNo official regulation
Language codes
ISO 639-3skr

The Saraiki language (Perso-Arabic: سرائیکی sometimes spelled Siraiki and Seraiki) is closely related to Punjabi. It is spoken by about 20 million Pakistanis, mostly in the southern part of Punjab Province and in adjacent parts of Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwas. Saraiki belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of Indo-European.

References

  1. Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007