Jaunsari language

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Jaunsari
Native to India
Region [Uttarakhand]
Native speakers
100,000  (2001)[1]
Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi.[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 jns

Jaunsari is a Pahari language of northern India spoken in the Chakrata and Kalsi blocks of Dehradun district in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. It is said to be a dialect of the Garhwali language,[citation needed] but is more closely related to the Dogri–Kangri languages. Since it is spoken in an area that borders the Sirmaur region of Himachal Pradesh, it has vocabulary from the closely related Sirmauri language.[citation needed]

The people of this region are Indo-Aryan in origin and claim to be descendants of the Pandavas of the Mahabharata. They are listed as a Scheduled Tribe in the Indian Constitution.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jaunsari at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ [1]