Khortha dialect

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Native to India
Region Bihar & Jharkhand
Native speakers
4.7 million  (2001 census)[1]
Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi.[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguist list

Khortha (Khotta) is a dialect of Maithili spoken in Jharkhand, mainly in 13 districts of two commissioneries – i.e. north Chotanagpur[disambiguation needed] and Santhal Pargana. The 13 districts are Hazaribag, Koderma, Giridih, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Chatra, Ramgarh, Deoghar, Dumka, Sahebganj, Pakur, Godda, and Jamtara. Khortha is not only spoken by the Sadaans, it is also used by the Adivasis as a link language.


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