|Ethnicity||Asur people (Birjia)|
The Birjia language, also known as Binjhia or Bijori, is a language of India. It is commonly assumed to be a Munda language closely related to the Asuri language. However, Anderson, based on Prasad (1961:314), suggests that Birjia (Binjhia) may be an Indo-Aryan language, although the Birjia are a tribe of the Asuri nation. The latter include the Asur and the Agariya.
Birjia is spoken in (Ethnologue):
- Jharkhand: Cowerdaga district and Ranchi district
- West Bengal: Darjeeling district and Jalpaiguri district
- Madhya Pradesh
- Birjia at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bijori". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Anderson, Gregory D.S (ed), The Munda languages. Routledge Language Family Series 3 (2008). New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-32890-X, p. 195.
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