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A language of India

ISO 639-3wbr

Population  1,710,000 (2000). Ethnic population: 3,000,000.
Region  Rajasthan, south Udaipur, Dungarpur, Banswara districts; Gujarat, Sabarkantha, Panchmahals; Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
Alternate names   Bhili, Bhilodi, Mina Bhil, Vagadi, Vagari, Vagdi, Vaged, Vageri, Vagi, Wagadi, Wagari, Waghari, Wagholi, Wagri
Dialects  Kherwara, Sagwara, Adivasi Wagdi, Rewadi. Dialect intelligibility above 95%. Intelligible with Adivasi Garasia [gas] of Bhiloda. Wagdi Banswara highly intelligible to Bhilodi of Gujarat. Wagdi highly intelligible to Patelia [bhb] of Gujarat. Lexical similarity: 84% with Patelia dialects; 75% to 80% with Marwari [rwr] dialects; 79%–93% with Adiwasi Garasia dialects; 79%–87% with Rajput Garasia dialects.
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone, Bhil
A member of macrolanguage Rajasthani [raj] (India).
Language use  Trade language. A regional language in Vagad Desh. Merchants and government workers use it as L2. No feeling of inferiority attached. Some also use Hindi.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 2000.
Writing system  Devanagari script.
Comments  Speakers are called ‘Bhil’. Vagri is a Scheduled Tribe in Gujarat. SOV; postpositions; genitives after noun heads; nontonal. Peasant agriculturalists. Traditional religion.
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