Uzbek, Southern

Language Data

  • Alternate names: Usbeki, Uzbak, Uzbeki
  • Scriptures published:
    • Portions (2004 — 2006)
    • The JESUS Film See above
  • Literacy: Literacy rate in first language: 1% in Uzbek, Southern. L1 Literacy in larger towns increasing among younger population . Literacy rate in second language(s): 20% in Dari [prs]. City dwellers also use Dari [prs]; village dwellers have limited ability in Dari. A few also use Southern Pashto [pbt]. Taught in primary schools, The Afghanistan Ministry of Education has produced Southern Uzbek textbooks for grades 1--3; planned through 12th grade. Taught in secondary schools
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: Afghanistan
  • Region: North central; Faryab, Balkh, Sar-e Pol, Kondoz, Samangan, Jowzjan, Takhar, Baghlan, and Badghis provinces; small area in Ghowr Province; in Maimana, Sheberghan, Aqcha, and Saripul towns
  • Also used in: Pakistan, Turkey
  • Religion: Muslim (Sunni)
  • Livelihood: Mainly settled agriculturalists; some nomads, some craftsmen: gold, jewels, pottery, leather
  • Status: Statutory language of provincial identity in Afghanistan
  • Number of users: 2,961,980
  • Vitality: Provincial

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)