Yaghnobi is a member of the Eastern Iranian branch of Indo-Iranian
languages. It is spoken by about 12,500 in Tajikistan who originally
lived in the Yaghnob valley in Zarafshan in the northwest of Tajikistan,
but who were moved to Zafarobod in Sughd province in the 1990s. Some
have since returned to Yaghnob.
Yaghnobi is used mainly within families, while Tajik is used for
business and formal situations. In the 1990s a way of writing the
language using the Latin alphabet was devised; before then the
language was not written. There is also a version of the Cyrillic
alphabet as used for Tajik which was adapted for Yaghnobi by
Sayfiddīn Mīrzozoda of the Tajik Academy of Sciences.
Latin alphabet for Yaghnobi
Cyrillic alphabet for Yaghnobi
Sample text in Yaghnobi
Source: А.Л. Хромов, Ягнобский язык, издательство «Наука», Москва – 1972.
Sample text supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl
Transcription of the sample text in the Latin alphabet
Ráxšin vítišt. Či sar hoy wóvošt: kúti-d hay kun! Ɣórtiš iš máxša xast. Sári-sa hoy wóftišt: hoy, iš máxša-x! Nádaŭtišt. Wóvošt: o muttahám, naxšī́r avés, kút-id hay kun! Tiig wóftišt: kud na-x, máxša-x. Ke wóvošt: tu čo akuní? Kúti káma novastá máxšayik vásta-t-x, noɣirivón. Hámma mū́nož nī́žor.
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