Sora language

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Region India
Ethnicity Sora
Native speakers
250,000  (2001 census)[1]
Sora Sompeng, Latin, Telugu
Language codes
ISO 639-3 srb
Glottolog sora1254[2]

Sora, or Savara (also Saora, Saonras, Shabari, Sabar, Saura, Sawaria, Swara, Sabara), is a Munda language of India, spoken by some 288,000 native speakers (1997) in South Orissa in eastern India, mainly in Ganjam District, but also in Koraput and Phulbani districts; other communities exist in Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam District), Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and the Plains Division of Assam.

It is written in the Latin and Telugu scripts, as well as the Sorang Sompeng script devised for the language in 1936.

Sora people have the family name or surname as Savara. This language belongs to Munda Division of Austroasiatic language family. This language is spoken in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam Districts of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa in India. A supposed Dravidian language with the same name is evidently spurious.[3]

Sora was one of the subjects of Ironbound Films' 2008 American documentary film The Linguists, in which two linguists attempted to document several moribund languages.[4]

Further reading[edit]

  • Veṅkaṭarāmamūrti, G. (1986). Sora–English dictionary. Delhi: Mittal Publication.


  1. ^ Sora at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Sora". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ "Glottolog". 
  4. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk (18 January 2008). "The Linguists". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 

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