|Region||Bihar; Jharkhand; West Bengal; Bangladesh|
|Ethnicity||Malto; Sauria Paharia|
|Native speakers||74,000 (2006)
|Writing system||Bengali script, Devanagari script|
kmj – Kumarbhag Paharia
mjt – Sauria Paharia
Malto // or Paharia // is a Northern Dravidian language spoken primarily in East India. There are two varieties of Malto that are sometimes regarded as separate languages, Kumarbhag Paharia (Devanagari: कुमारभाग पहाड़िया) and Sauria Paharia (Devanagari: सौरिया पहाड़िया). The former is spoken in the Jharkhand and West Bengal states of India, and tiny pockets of Orissa state, and the latter in the Bihar and West Bengal states of India, and some pockets of Bangladesh. The lexical similarity between the two is estimated to be 80%.
Notes and references
- Kumarbhag Paharia reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
Sauria Paharia reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Krishnamurti (2003), p. 27.
- "Malto". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005.
- "Paharia". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005.
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