Kharia language

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Not to be confused with Kharia Thar language. ‹See Tfd›
Region India (Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Nepal
Native speakers
240,000  (2001 census)[1]
  • Munda
    • Kharia–Juang
      • Kharia
Language codes
ISO 639-3 khr
Glottolog khar1287[2]

The Kharia language is an Austroasiatic language that is primarily spoken by indigenous Kharia people of eastern India.


Kharia belongs to the Kharia–Juang branch of the Munda language family. Its closest extant relative is the Juang language, but the relationship between Kharia and Juang is remote.

The most widely cited classification places Kharia and Juang together as a subgroup of the South Munda branch of the Munda family. However, some earlier classification schemes placed Kharia and Juang together as an independent branch deriving from the root of the Munda languages, and named this branch Central Munda.


  1. ^ Kharia at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kharia". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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