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Khandesi

A language of India

ISO 639-3khn

Population  1,580,000 (1997).
Region  Maharashtra, Dhule District, Sakri tahsil, Nasik District, Satna tahsil, Nandurbar District, Nandurbar and Shahada tahsils; Gujarat.
Alternate names   Khandeshi, Khandish, Dhed Gujari, Khandeshi Bhili, Maharashtra Bhil
Dialects  Dangri, Kunbi (Kunbau), Rangari, Khandesi, Kotali Bhil. All varieties of Khandesi tested at 90% or higher intelligibility with each other. A group of Kukna in Dhule District speak Khandesi.
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone, Khandesi
Language use  Vigorous. A group of Kukna [kex] in Dhule District speak Khandesi. Positive attitude. Also use Kukna [kex] or Marathi [mar].
Comments  See also Dhanki [dhn]. Traditional religion, Hindu, Christian.
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