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This map shows the regions of the world where Sogdian was once spoken in southern Uzbekistan and the surrounding area (red circle). Sogdian is a dead language that possibly descended from Avestan, and it certainly came from the East Iranian subfamily of languages descending from the Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European. It was probably similar to Khotanese, another dead East Iranian language. Sogdian was most closely related to Pashto, Kurdish, Baluchi, and the Iranian Ossetic language of central Caucasia.


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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