Malto language

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Not to be confused with Mal Paharia language. ‹See Tfd›
Malto
Paharia
Region Bihar; Jharkhand; West Bengal; Bangladesh
Ethnicity Malto; Sauria Paharia
Native speakers
74,000  (2006)[1]
108,000 (2003)[2]
Dravidian
Bengali script, Devanagari script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
kmj – Kumarbhag Paharia
mjt – Sauria Paharia

Malto /ˈmælt/[3] or Paharia /pəˈhɑriə/[4] 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[edit]

  1. ^ Kumarbhag Paharia at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Sauria Paharia at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Krishnamurti (2003), p. 27.
  3. ^ "Malto". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. 
  4. ^ "Paharia". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. 

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