Brahui


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Brahui

(bräho͞o`ē), Dravidian language of Baluchistan. See Dravidian languagesDravidian languages
, family of about 23 languages that appears to be unrelated to any other known language family. The Dravidian languages are spoken by more than 200 million people, living chiefly in S and central India and N Sri Lanka.
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Brahui

 

a people living mainly in western Pakistan (Baluchistan, Sind) and also as neighbors or intermingled with the Baluchi population in several areas of Iran and Afghanistan. Total population, about 600,000 (1967 estimate). The Brahui language has no writing system and is related to the Dravidian languages, although it does not display a close relationship to any language of southern India. The language is divided into a series of dialects. Their religion is Islam of the Sunnite sect. Their occupations are seminomadic and nomadic cattle raising and, to some extent, farming. A small group of Brahui living in the Turkmen SSR is gradually merging with the Baluchi.

REFERENCES

Census of India, 1911, vol. 1, parts 1–2. Calcutta, 1913.
Census of India, 1941, vol. 14. Delhi, 1941–43.
Bray, D. The Life History of a Brāhūi. London, 1913.
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1 In 1934, after many years' delay, Bray published the second volume (Parts 2 and 3) of The Brahui Language, which is primarily an etymological vocabulary.
ISLAMABAD -- Leading international and national linguists and experts have declared Brahui Language of Balochistan is one of the ancient languages of the world.
In spring the Brahui women in the Noza sub watershed in Balochistan (Pakistan) go out early in the morning and bring mushroom and spinach for their families which are a major source of nutrition during spring [FAO (1997), Dankelman (2001)].
He is listed among the pioneers of modern Brahui Ghazal.
Addressing the second day of an International Conference held here at the AIOU, he said the AIOU deserved great appreciation for teaching of Baluchi and Brahui languages at the level of M.
Number of session was held during which the scholars and experts on Balochi and Brahui languages presented their papers.
The conference was arranged by the Brahui Academy Pakistan with support of the AIOU's Pakistani languages Department and Sughar Empowerment Society.
The Chief Minister, who is not a sardar himself, is weak and scared of the Baloch and Brahui sardars sitting in his cabinet.
Languages: Urdu (national and official), English, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pushtu, Baloch, Hindko, Brahui, Saraiki (Punjabi variant).
On a short visit to northwest India (now Pakistan), he collected data on Brahui.
of Percent Mother-tongue Persons of Total Brahui 20,263 1.
D level in local Pakistani languages, including Baluchi and Brahui.