|Region||Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Maharashtra|
|600,000 (2001 census)|
hlb – Halbi
bhu – Bhunjia
Halbi (also Bastari, Halba, Halvas, Halabi, Halvi, Mahari, Mehari) is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language, transitional between Oriya and Marathi. It is spoken by 500,000 people across the central part of India. It uses SOV word order (subject-object-verb), makes strong use of affixes, and places adjectives before nouns. It is often used as a trade language, but there is a low literacy rate.
The Mehari dialect is mutually intelligible with the other dialects only with difficulty. There are an estimated 200,000 second-language speakers (as of 2001). In Chhtisgarh Schooled males are fluent in Hindi. Some first language speakers use Bhatri as second language.
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Recently Sri Bikram Soni of jagdalpur has invented Halvi script which is easier than Devnagari and Oriya script. Sri Soni has made an intensive work on Halvi language and found that there is a necessity of creating a script for halvi language. The script is uploaded in the www. scribd.com ( see documents of Mahendra Kumar Mishra)