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Chhattisgarhi

A language of India

ISO 639-3hne

Population  17,500,000 (2002). 11,456,000 Chhattisgarhi (1997), 79,000 Laria (1997).
Region  Chhattisgarh; Bihar; Orissa; possibly in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Tripura.
Alternate names   Khaltahi, Laria
Dialects  Surgujia, Sadri Korwa, Baigani (Baiga, Bega, Bhumia, Gowro), Binjhwari, Kalanga, Bhulia, Chhattisgarhi Proper, Kavardi, Khairagarhi. Most closely related to Awadhi [awa] and Bagheli [bfy]. Surgujia dialect is spoken in Surguja and Raigarh districts of Chhattisgarh; Sadri Korwa spoken by Korwa people in Jashpur tahsil of Raigarh District; Baigani in Balaghat, Raipur, and Bilaspur districts of Chhattisgarh, and Sambalpur District of Orissa; Binjhwari in Raipur and Raigarh districts of Chhattisgarh; Kalanga [kck] and Bhulia dialect are spoken in Patna District of Bihar; Chhattisgarhi Proper in Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, and other districts of Chhattisgarh.
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, East Central zone
Language use  Nearly all domains. Positive attitude. A few also use Hindi or Oriya [ori].
Language development  Poetry. Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. NT: 2005.
Writing system  Devanagari script.
Comments  Traditional religion mixed with Hinduism, Muslim.
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