Baleswari Odia

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Storytelling by an old woman in Baleshwaria Odia

Baleshwari Odia (Odia: ବାଲେଶ୍ୱରୀ ଓଡିଆ) (also Northern Odia[1] or Baleshwaria (Odia: ବାଲେଶ୍ଵରୀଆ) is a dialect of Odia[2][self-published source][1][3] spoken in the Mayurbhanj district, Balasore and Bhadrak of the Indian state of Odisha. It has linguistic variations to Standard Odia.[4] Baleshwaria Odia spoken in Mayurbhanj is more similar to Standard Odia (commonly called Mayurbhanjia) and has a more aboriginal twang, while northern Balasore regions have a typically different accent. Baleshwaria Odia in the Balasore urban area and other parts of Balasore district are similar, however the dialect varies towards Soro, Baleshwar and bordering places of Bhadrak district.

Writing samples[edit]

Baleshwaria substitutes Kisa (କିସ) for the mostly used word Kana (କଣ), meaning "what". Most of the syllables which are pronounced as "o" in Standard Odia are pronounced as "u" in Baleshwaria; e.g., Odisa (ଓଡ଼ିସା) is pronounced Udisa (ଉଡ଼ିସା).

The following is a list of major words in Baleshwaria:

Standard Odia Baleshwaria Odia
Kana (କଣ/କଅଣ) Kisa(କିସ)
Kanhiki (କାହିଁକି) Kene(କେନେ)
Odisa (ଓଡ଼ିସା) Udisa (ଉଡ଼ିସା)
Potala (ପୋଟଳ) Putula (ପୁଟୁଳ)
Khaibaku (ଖାଇବାକୁ) Khaite (ଖାଇତେ)
Soibaku (ସୋଇବାକୁ) Suite (ସୁଇତେ)
Jibi (ଜିବି) Jimi (ଜିମି)
Goda (ଗୋଡ଼) Guda (ଗୁଡ଼)
Pola (ପୋଲ) Pula (ପୁଲ)
Luna (ଲୁଣ), Luga (ଲୁଗା) Nuna (ନୁଣ), Nuga (ନୁଗା)
Olata (ଓଲଟା) Ulta (ଉଲଟା)


  1. ^ a b B. P. Mahapatra (1 January 1989). Constitutional languages. Presses Université Laval. pp. 389–. ISBN 978-2-7637-7186-1.
  2. ^ Editor. International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature. pp. 102–. ISBN 978-1-105-95357-6.
  3. ^ Les Langues écrites Du Monde: Relevé Du Degré Et Des Modes D'utilisation. Presses Université Laval. 1978. pp. 389–. ISBN 978-2-7637-7186-1. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  4. ^ Kunjabihari Das; L. K. Mahapatra (1979). Folklore of Orissa. National Book Trust. Retrieved 20 June 2012.