|24,000 (2001 census)|
The Juang language belongs to the Munda language family, the whole of which is classified as a branch of the greater Austroasiatic language family. Among the Munda languages, Juang is considered to be most closely related to Kharia, although Anderson considers Juang and Kharia to have split off from each other relatively early.
Juang can be roughly divided into the Hill and Plains varieties, both of which are spoken in Odisha (Patnaik 2008:508).
- Hill Juang: Gonasika Hills (in Keonjhar district) and Pallara Hills
- Plains Juang: about 147 villages in southern Keonjhar district and eastern Dhenkanal district
Juang is spoken by about 30,875 people according to the 2001 Indian census. In Odisha state, it is spoken in southern Keonjhar district, northern Angul district, and eastern Dhenkanal district (Patnaik 2008:508).
- Patnaik, Manideepa. 2008. "Juang". In Anderson, Gregory D.S (ed). The Munda languages, 508-556. Routledge Language Family Series 3.New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-32890-X.
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