Chenchu language

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Native to India
Region Andhra Pradesh (highest concentration in Kurnool district), 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 state 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.