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Garasia, Adiwasi

A language of India

ISO 639-3gas

Population  100,000 (1988 IEM).
Region  North Gujarat, Banaskantha District, Danta taluk; Sabarkantha District, Poshina taluk.
Alternate names   Adiwasi Girasia, Adiwasi Gujarati, Girasia
Dialects  Understand Rajput Garasia [gra] well. Lexical similarity: 89%–96% between dialects, 75%–93% with dialects of Rajput Garasia; 79%–92% with dialects of Patelia [bhb]; 79%–93% with Wagdi [wbr]; 76%–87% with Marwari [rwr] dialects.
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone, Bhil
Language use  A few also use Gujarati [guj].
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Bible portions.
Comments  Speakers are Bhils. Dungra Bhil is sometimes used as an alternate name for Adiwasi Garasia and Rajput Garasia [gra] but probably refers to more than 1 group living in the hills (Dungra means hill). Traditional religion mixed with Hinduism.
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