Bhadrawahi language

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Bhadarwahi
Native to Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh
Region Bhadarwah, Chamba district
Native speakers
(160,000 cited 1991 census – 2002)[1]
Dialects
  • Bhalesvi (Bhalesi)
  • Padari
  • Churahi
  • Bhadrawahi
  • Khashali
Devnagari, Arabic script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
bhd – Bhadrawahi
cdj – Churahi
Glottolog bhad1243[2]

Bhadarwahi (or Bhadrawahi) is a native language of the people of Bhadarwah, a tehsil in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Bhaderwahi is a Pahari language spoken by about 50,000 people in Bhaderwah town and surrounding villages (Bhadrawahi/Bhadarwahi, Bhalesi, Padari/Padri, and Khashali/Khasali dialects), and by about 110,000 people in Chaurah and Saluni tehsils in Himachal Pradesh. It has many alternate names like Baderwali, Bhadri, Badrohi, Bhidli.

Classification[edit]

Bhadarwahi is an Indo-Aryan language of Pahari group. According to Dr. G. A. Fierson the word Pahari applies to the groups of languages spoken in the sub-himalayan hills extending from Bhaderwah to the eastern parts of the Nepal. The Bhaderwah group includes three dialects, viz Bhaderwahi, Bhalesvi and Padri, which form a dialect chain with Churahi.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bhadrawahi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Churahi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bhadrawahi–Bhalesi–Curahi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.