Lambadi

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Not to be confused with Banjar language.
Lambadi
Banjari
Native to India
Ethnicity Lambadies, Banjara, Gormati
Native speakers
2.7 million (2001)[1]
Official status
Official language in
No official status
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lmn
Glottolog lamb1269[2]

Banjari, or Lambadi, also called Goar-boali is a language spoken by nomadic Banjara people across India and it belongs to Indo-Aryan group of languages. The language does not have a native script.[3]

The language is known by various other names, including Lamani, Lamadi, Lambani, Labhani, Lambara, Lavani, Lemadi, Lumadale, Labhani Muka and variants, Banjara, Banjari, Bangala, Banjori, Banjuri, Brinjari, and variants, Gohar-Herkeri, Goola, Gurmarti, Gormati, Kora, Singali, Sugali, Sukali, Tanda.

Regional dialects are divided between the Banjara of Maharashtra (written in Devanagari), Karnataka (written in the Kannada script) and Telangana (written in the Telugu script). Speakers are bilingual in either Telugu, Kannada, or Marathi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues –2001". censusindia.gov.in. 
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lambadi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Naik, Dhansing B. (2000). The Art and Literature of Banjara Lambanis: A Socio-cultural Study. New Delhi: Abhinav Prakashan. p. 10. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  • Boopathy, S. investigation & report in: Chockalingam, K., Languages of Tamil Nadu: Lambadi: An Indo-Aryan Dialect (Census of India 1961. Tamil Nadu. Volume ix)
  • Trail, Ronald L. 1970. The Grammar of Lamani.