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Awadhi

A language of India

ISO 639-3awa

Population  37,700,000 in India (2001 USCWM). Population total all countries: 38,261,000.
Region  Uttar Pradesh, Kheri, Sitapur, Lucknow, Unnao, Rae-Bareli, Bahraich, Bara-Banki, Pratapgarh, Sultanpur, Gonda, Faizabad, Allahabad districts; Bihar; Madhya Pradesh; Delhi. Also in Nepal.
Alternate names   Abadi, Abohi, Ambodhi, Avadhi, Baiswari, Kojali, Kosali
Dialects  Gangapari, Mirzapuri, Pardesi, Uttari.
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, East Central zone
Language use  Also use Hindi.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 50%–75%. Education is in Hindi. Considerable epic literature. Awadhi is the standard for literature. Hindu holy book is in Awadhi: Tulsi Das author, Ramcharitmanas title. Radio programs. Bible: 2000–2005.
Writing system  Devanagari script.
Comments  ‘Kosali’ is a name used for Eastern Hindi group. Hindu, Muslim, Christian.

Also spoken in:

Nepal

Language name   Awadhi
Population  561,000 in Nepal (2001 census).
Region  Lumbini zone, Kapilbastu District; Bheri zone, Banke and Bardiya districts.
Language maps  Western Nepal, reference number 2
Western Nepal, reference number 2
Alternate names  Abadhi, Abadi, Abohi, Ambodhi, Avadhi, Baiswari, Kojali, Kosali
Dialects  Degauri Tharu, Gangapari, Mirzapuri, Pardesi, Tharu, Uttari.
Language use  19,996 L2 speakers in Nepal (1991 census, under Abadhi).
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%.
Comments  Hindu.
 
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