Jaunsari language

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Native to India
Region Uttarakhand
Ethnicity Jaunsari people
Native speakers
100,000 (2001)[1]
Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi.[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 jns
Glottolog jaun1243[3]

Jaunsari is a Pahari language of northern India spoken in the Chakrata and Kalsi blocks of Dehradun district in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. It is said to be a dialect of the Garhwali language,[citation needed] but is more closely related to the Dogri–Kangri languages. Since it is spoken in an area that borders the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, it has vocabulary from the closely related Sirmauri language.[citation needed]

The people of this region are Indo-Aryan in origin and claim to be descendants of the Pandavas of the Mahabharata. They are listed as a Scheduled Tribe in the Indian Constitution.


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