Lodhi language

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Lodhi
Native to India
Region Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand
Native speakers
25,000  (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lbm
Glottolog lodh1246[2]

Lodhi (Lodi, Lohi, Lozi) is a Munda language, or perhaps dialect cluster, of India that has been strongly influenced by neighboring Eastern Indic languages.

Ethnologue notes high levels of lexical similarity (50–75%) with Oriya, Bengali, and Kharia Thar, and that it is only spoken by one quarter of ethnic Lodhi in Orissa. However, while admitting that Lodhi is related to Sora, a Munda language, Ethnologue classifies it as Indic (Bengali–Assamese), and it is considered a variety of Hindi in the Indian census. It may be that there are both Munda and Indic varieties subsumed under the name Lodhi.[citation needed]

However, Anderson (2008:299) suggests that Lodhi (Lodha) of northern Orissa may in fact be an Indo-Aryan lect rather than an endangered Munda language; some members use the autonym Sabar[a].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lodhi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lodhi". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Anderson, Gregory D.S (ed). 2008. The Munda languages. Routledge Language Family Series 3.New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-32890-X.