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Eastern Europe, Western Asia, South Asia
Linguistic classification: Indo-European
  • Indo-Iranian
Proto-language: Proto-Indo-Iranian
ISO 639-5: iir
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The general location of Indo-European speakers in Europe and Asia.      Indo-Iranian

The Indo-Iranian languages are the largest group of the Indo-European language family. They include the Indo-Aryan (Indic) and Iranic (Iranian) languages. They are mostly spoken in the Indian subcontinent and the Iranian plateau. Originally, they were spoken in Central Asia, to the east of the Caspian Sea.

Indo-Aryan languages

Further information: Indo-Aryan languages

There are about 221 Indo-Aryan (Indic) languages, with more than 800 million speakers.

Below are the most widely spoken Indo-Aryan languages.

Iranian languages

Genetic division of Iranic languages
Genetic division of Iranic languages

There are about 86 Iranian languages, with between 150 and 200 million speakers.

Below are the most widely spoken Iranian languages.

Nuristani, Bangani, and Badeshi

Further information: Nuristani languages and Badeshi language

Some scholars consider the Nuristani and Bangani languages as part of the Indo-Aryan subgroup, but some other scholars consider them as two separate subgroups of Indo-Iranian. The Badeshi language is also an unclassified Indo-Iranian language.

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