Aranadan language

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Aranadan language
Eranadan language
ഏറനാടൻ ഭാഷ
Native toIndia
RegionMalappuram District
Native speakers
200 in more accessible areas (2001 census)[1]
Malayalam script, Ponnani script
Language codes
ISO 639-3aaf

Aranadan or Eranadan[3] (ISO: ēṟanāṭan; Malayalam: ഏറനാടൻ; Arabic: ا٘يرَناڊَن‎) is a Dravidian language spoken by several hundred people, predominantly in the Malappuram District of Kerala state, India.[4] It is similar to Malayalam and Tamil, and also contains elements of the Kannada language.[5] It is also known as Aranatan or Malappuram Bhasha.


  1. ^ Aranadan language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Endangered Languages Project data for Aranadan.
  3. ^ Kumar Suresh Singh; Anthropological Survey of India (2002). People of India. Anthropological Survey of India. p. 195. ISBN 978-81-85938-99-8.
  4. ^ Ethnologue report for language code: aaf
  5. ^ Kakkoth, Seetha (2004). "Demographic profile of an autochthonous tribe: the Aranadan of Kerala" (PDF). Anthropologist. 6 (3): 163–167. Retrieved 5 April 2011.