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This map shows the regions of the world where Baluchi is commonly spoken in the eastern territories of Afghanistan and in the region of Beluchistan (red circle). The language is in the Iranian family of languages descended from the Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European. Baluchi is most closely related to Avestan, Kurdish, Pashto, and the extinct language of Sogdian. It is somewhat more distantly related to Old Persian and Persian. Like modern Persian, Baluchi is marked by hundreds of loan-words from Arabic.

Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.


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