Kui language (India)

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Not to be confused with Kui language (Indonesia) or Kuy language.
Kui
Region India
Ethnicity Khonds, Dal, Sitha Kandha
Native speakers
920,000  (2001 census)[1]
Dravidian
  • South-Central
    • Gondi–Kui
      • Kuvi–Kui
        • Kui
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kxu
Glottolog kuii1252[2]

Kui (also Kandh, Khondi, Khond, Khondo, Kanda, Kodu (Kōdu), Kodulu, Kuinga (Kūinga), Kuy) is a South-Central-Dravidian language spoken by the Khonds. It is mostly spoken in Orissa, and written in the Oriya script. With 641,662 registered native speakers, it figures at rank 29 in the 1991 Indian census.

Distinct but closely related are the Gondi, Konda and Kuvi languages.

Phonology[edit]

Consonants[3]
  Labial Dental Retroflex Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive Voiceless p t ʈ   k  
Voiced b d ɖ j ɡ  
Nasal m n ɳ      
Approximant ʋ ~ b          
Lateral   l        
Tap   ɾ ɽ      
Fricative   s   (ç ?)   h

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kui at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kui (India)". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Krishnamurti, Bhadriraju (2003). The Dravidian languages (null ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-511-06037-3.