Bazigar language

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Native toIndia
Ethnicity800,000 Bazigar (no date)[1]
Native speakers
(58,000 cited 1981 census)[2]
  • (unclassified)
    • Bazigar
Language codes
ISO 639-3bfr
A native Bazigar speaker.

The Bazigar language is the Dravidian language of the Bazigar, a group of traveling acrobats of the Punjab region. Speakers are scattered across the country, but the principal block of speakers are south of Chandigarh in adjoining areas of the states of Panjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. Speakers are shifting to more dominant languages. Although Ethnologue classifies it as Dravidian, Bazigar has significant lexical similarity with Punjabi, as well as influence from western Rajasthani dialects. Bazigar has an almost identical phonology to Punjabi except for the presence of the voiceless palatal fricative and the absence of the voiceless glottal fricative.[4]


  1. ^ Bazigar at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ Bazigar at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bazigar". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ Schreffler, Gibb. "The Bazigar (Goaar) People and Their Performing Arts" (PDF).

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