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Bundeli

A language of India

ISO 639-3bns

Population  644,000 (1997). population estimates range as high as 20,000,000.
Region  Uttar Pradesh, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Hamirpur, Banda districts; Madhya Pradesh, Balaghat, Chhindwara, Hoshangabad, Sagar, Sehore, Panna, Satna, Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh, Shivpuri, Guna, Bhind, Morena, Gwalior, Narsinghpur, Seoni, Datia districts; Maharashtra, Bhandara, Nagpur districts; Rajasthan; Gujarat; Andhra Pradesh.
Alternate names   Bondili, Bundelkhandi
Dialects  Standard Bundeli, Lodhanti (Rathora), Khatola, Banaphari, Kundri, Nibhatta, Tirhari, Bhadauri (Towargarhi), Gaoli, Kirari, Raghobansi, Nagpuri Hindi, Chhindwara Bundeli. Chhatapur dialect is widely understood. Other dialects listed by Grierson are Standard Braj of Mathura, Aligarh, western Agra; Standard Braj of Bulandshahr; Standard Braj of eastern Agra, southern Morena, southern Bharatpur; Braj merging into Kanauji in Etah, Mainpuri, Budaun, and Bareilly; Braj merging into the Bhadauri subdialect in northern Morena; Braj merging into Jaipuri (Rajasthani) in northern Bharatpur and Sawai Uradhopur; Bhuksa in southern Nainital. Lexical similarity: 65%–85% between Chhindwara [gno] and Standard Bundeli, 41% with Nagpuri Hindi.
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone, Western Hindi, Bundeli
Language use  Home. Favorable attitudes toward Chhatapur dialect. Also use Hindi.
Language development  Radio programs.
Writing system  Devanagari script.
Comments  Agriculturalists. Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian.
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