Wakhi language to get standardized writing system

FLI held this orthography workshop for the Wakhi language in the last quarter of the year 2017 in Passu, Hunza- GB with the objectives of discovering the unique sounds exist in the language, the characters to describe such sounds, orchestrating alphabets and resolving other orthography issues aiming to develop a systemic writing system with the consent of concerned community.

Wakhi is spoken in the sparsely populated upper portions of four of the northernmost valleys in Pakistan: Hunza (Gojal), Ishkoman, Yasin, and Yarkhun. The latter is located in Chitral District while the others are in the Northern Areas. The total number of Wakhi speakers is estimated to be between 7,500 and 10,000. FLI has the objective to flatten the orthography disputes among many groups within the communities by collaborating with community members so that not only our main goal of language documentation could increasingly be achieved but also the confusion faced by young writers with regards to adopting any standardized writing system detached amicably.wakhi3