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Malvi

A language of India

ISO 639-3mup

Population  10,400,000 (2003). 20% monolingual.
Region  Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain, Indore, Rathlam, Mandsaur, Rajgarh, Dewas, Shajapur, Nimuch, Sehore, Dhar, Bhopal districts; Rajasthan, Jhalawar District. Sondwari dialect geographically isolated from the others.
Alternate names   Malavi, Mallow, Malwada, Malwi, Ujjaini
Dialects  Ujjaini (Malvi Proper, Avanthika), Rajawadi, Umadwadi, Sondwari (Soudhwari, Sondhwadi). Considered the standard variety, Southeastern Rajasthani Nimadi [noe] is most similar language with 70% intelligibility. 88%–92% intelligibility of Ujjaini dialect by other dialects. Lexical similarity: 65%–89% among dialects.
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone, Rajasthani, Unclassified
A member of macrolanguage Rajasthani [raj] (India).
Language use  Vigorous. Home, village, religion. Positive attitudes. Also use Hindi.
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 58% for rural Madhya Pradesh. Government project discontinued due to low response. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 1826.
Writing system  Devanagari script.
Comments  SOV; nontonal. Agriculturalists. Hindu, Muslim.