Baleswari Oriya (ବାଲେଶ୍ୱରୀ ଓଡିଆ) or Northern Oriya (ଉତ୍ତରୀ ଓଡିଆ) is a major dialect of Oriya which has linguistic variations spoken in Balasore , Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj districts of Orissa, though the dialect is popularly known as Baleswari there are little variations which vary from place to place. Baleswari Oriya spoken in Mayurbhanj are more similar and have impact of tribal twang and northern Baleswar regions have a typically different accent and little Bengali impact. Baleswari Oriya in Baleswar urban and the other parts of Baleswar are similar, but when you move towards Soro, Baleshwar, Bhadrak and places of Baleswar district close to Bhadrak district the accent is more like standard Oriya mixed with Baleswari Oriya.
There are several interesting facts about this dialect. Baleswari Oriya has a substitute "Kisa" (କିସ) for the mostly used word "Kana" (କଣ/କଅଣ) (means What). Most of the syllables which are pronounced as "o" are pronounced as "u" in Baleswari Oriya, e.g. Odisa (ଓଡ଼ିସା) is pronounced Udisa (ଉଡ଼ିସା).
Here is a list of major words with Baleswari Oriya.
|Standard Oriya||Baleswari Oriya|
|Odisa (ଓଡ଼ିସା)||Udisa (ଉଡ଼ିସା)|
|Potala (ପୋଟଳ)||Putula (ପୁଟୁଳ)|
|Khaibaku (ଖାଇବାକୁ)||Khaite (ଖାଇତେ)|
|Soibaku (ସୋଇବାକୁ)||Suite (ସୁଇତେ)|
|Jibi (ଜିବି)||Jimi (ଜିମି)|
|Goda (ଗୋଡ଼)||Guda (ଗୁଡ଼)|
|Polo (ପୋଲ)||Pula (ପୁଲ)|
|Luna (ଲୁଣ), Luga (ଲୁଗା)||Nuna (ନୁଣ), Nuga (ନୁଗା)|
|Olata (ଓଲଟା)||Ulta (ଉଲଟା)|
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