Thank you, Vito! And, yes, inputs of this kind are definitely welcome!
I would also like that we have proper attribution for the posts. For
example, to sign it as "Language committee (written by Vito [&...])".
Vito, what's your preferred Wikimedia user page?
On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM, Vito Genovese <vitomedia(a)gmail.com> wrote:
This is my first ever comment on this list, so namaste
I've taken the liberty of putting together a text about the Kho people. It
is obviously a draft, and there is much room for improvement. I just hope
that it serves as a starting point for Satdeep to create a better flowing
final text for the blog. Here it is:
The Kho people (Khowar: کھو, meaning "people"), also known as Chitralis
(چترالي), are a Dardic ethnic group located primarily in South Asia. They
are the predominant ethnic group in the Chitral region of Pakistan. It is
estimated that their current population is approximately 300,000 people,
most of whom live in Pakistan, with a small population living in
Afghanistan. They are mostly Sunni and Ismaili Muslims.
Kho culture is an ancient culture which places heavy emphasis on poetry,
song, and dance. Folk singers, sitar and reed instrument players are
respected members of the community. Kho people also have a great respect for
law and order. Much of this can be attributed to Chitral being a stable
kingdom for most of its history, where the rule of law and the will of the
ruler came before tribal concepts such as revenge and isolationism. The
festivities are mostly related to agriculture, which reveals the
significance of agriculture for the Kho people.
Their language, Khowar, is a Indo-Aryan language of the Dardic branch.
Alternate names include Arniya, Chitrali, Kashkari, Patu, and variants
thereof. This SOV language is spoken by the Kho people in Chitral district,
Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan (including the Yasin Valley, Golaghmuli
Valley, Phandar Ishkoman and Gupis), and in parts of Upper Swat. Speakers of
Khowar have also migrated heavily to Pakistan's major urban centres,
including but not limited to Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.
Khowar is spoken as a second language in the rest of Gilgit and Hunza.
Dialects include North Khowar, South Khowar, East Khowar, and Swat Kwohar,
with the North Khowar considered as the high variety. Kho people use Naskh
and Nastaliq variants of the Arabic script to write Khowar.
2017-02-26 15:55 GMT+03:00 Satdeep Gill <satdeepgill(a)gmail.com>om>:
Awesome! I would love to write for the wikimedia blog. And yes, we should
promote languages on the blog.
I will do it the next few days.
From: Milos Rancic
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 17:47
Subject: Re: [Langcom] Khowar Wikipedia analysis
To: Wikimedia Foundation Language Committee
On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 1:14 PM, Satdeep Gill wrote: > I can surely
prepare a paragraph about the Khowar people, language and > culture in the
next two days. A couple of paragraphs, a legitimate blog post :) But it's
not that hard: Wikipedia and Ethnologue could give you all necessary data
and you should just arrange it: people, culture, language. We should start
promoting languages on blog.wikimedia.org
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