Dhatki is a member of the Western Rajasthani branch of the Indo-Aryan language family. It is spoken by about 206,400 people mainly in southern Pakistan, and also in the northeast of India.
In Pakistan Dhatki is spoken by about 190,000 poeple mainly in the Umerkot and Tharparkar districts of the province of Sindh. In India it is spoken by about 16,400 people in the districts of Jaisalmer, Barmer and Jalore in the west of Rajastan state
Dhatki is also known as Dhati, Dhatti or Thari. Dialects include Eastern Dhatki, Southern Dhatki, Central Dhatki, Barage and Malhi. It is closely related to Marwari.
In Pakistan Dhatki is written with a version of the Perso-Arabic script based on the Sindhi alphabet, and with the Devanagari alphabet in India. Some people use other scripts, such as Mahahani to write Dhatki It is taught in some schools in Pakistan and used on the radio.
Details of the Dhatki alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel
Information about the Dhatki language
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