Chenchu language

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Native to India
Region Andhra Pradesh (highest concentration in Kurnool district),Telangana, Karnataka and Orissa
Ethnicity Chenchu people
Native speakers
26,000 (2007)[1]
  • South-Central
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cde
Glottolog chen1255[2]

Chenchu language is a Dravidian language which belongs to the Telugu branch of its South-Central family. This language is spoken mostly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India. This language is spoken by about 28,754 people (1981 census) of the Chenchu Aboriginal forests hunter-gatherer tribe. It is also called as Chenchukulam, Chenchwar, Chenswar or Choncharu.


  1. ^ Chenchu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Chenchu". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.