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Rabha

A language of India

ISO 639-3rah

Population  50,000 (2000). Ethnic population: 374,152.
Region  West Assam, Darrang, Goalpara, Kamrup districts; Nagaland; West Bengal, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar Subdivision, Koch Bihar District, Tafangunj Subdivision; Meghalaya, East, West Garo Hills districts.
Alternate names   Rava
Dialects  Maitaria (Maituri, Maitoria), Rangdania (Rongdani). Rongdani is the standard dialect. Lexical similarity: 73% between Maituri and Rongdani. 31%–39% with Koch [kdq].
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Jingpho-Konyak-Bodo, Konyak-Bodo-Garo, Bodo-Garo, Koch
Language use  Home, market, other villages. All ages. Also use Assamese [asm] or Bengali [ben].
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 30%–50%. High interest in language development. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2000.
Writing system  Bengali script. Latin script, preferred by Catholics.
Comments  A Scheduled Tribe. Agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Hindu, Christian.