Kullui is a member of the Western Pahari branch of the Indo-Ayran language family spoken in Himachal Pradesh in northern India by about 195,000 people. In particular it is spoken in the Balichowk, Banjar and Sainj sub-districts of the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh.
Kullui is also known as Pahari, Himachali, Kulvi, Kullu Pahari, Kullui, Kaulī, Kuḷuī, Kulwālī, Pahāṛī, Pahāṛī Kullu, Phārī Kulu, Kulu Pahāṛī, Kulu Boli, Kulvi or Kullu.
Some speakers think of it as a dialect of Punjabi or Dogri. It has no official status, and is officially recorded as a dialect of Hindi. Kullui is spoken mainly by adults, and is classified by UNESCO as definitely endangered.
Kullui is currently written with the Devanagari alphabet, and was written with a version of the Takri alphabet until the mid-20th century. The Latin alphabet is used online by some Kullui speakers.
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