Gta’ language

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Gataq
Gta
Region India
Native speakers
3,100  (1991 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gaq
Glottolog gata1239[2]

The Gta’ language (also known as Gataʔ, Gataq, Getaq, Getaʔ, Gtaʔ, Gata, Gta Asa, Didei, Didayi [ɖiɖaːj(i)], or Dire) is a language spoken by the Didayi people of India. It is notable for its sesquisyllabic phonology (Anderson 2008:684-5).

Demographics[edit]

Gta’ is spoken by 4,500 people primarily in Malkangiri district, Odisha as well as adjoining areas of Koraput district (Anderson 2008:682). Gta’ can be divided into two main varieties, namely Plains Gta’ and Hill Gta’.

Classification[edit]

The Gta’ language belongs to the South Munda subgroup of the Munda branch of the Austroasiatic language family.[1] Within South Munda, Gta’ is generally considered to be the first branch off a node that also subsumes the Remo and Gutob languages; this subgroup of South Munda is known as Gutob–Remo–Gataq.

Professor Emeritus Norman Zide writes, "The Gtaʔ (Didayi) language is a phonologically and morphologically divergent branch of the Gutob–Remo–Gta? (GRG) branch of South Munda."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gataq at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Gata'". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Anderson, Gregory D.S (ed). 2008. The Munda languages. Routledge Language Family Series 3.New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-32890-X.

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