Kangri dialect

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Native to India
Region Himachal Pradesh, Punjab
Native speakers
1.1 million (2001)[1]
Takri (prehistoric)
Official status
Official language in
No official status
Language codes
ISO 639-3 xnr
Glottolog kang1280[2]

Kangri is a dialect spoken in northern India, predominantly in the Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Una districts and some parts of Mandi and Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh and in the Pathankot, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur districts in the Punjab state. It is associated with the people of the Kangra Valley. It is an Indo-Aryan dialect, closely related to Dogri and today classified as one of the Western Pahari (पहाड़ी) group of languages, with some influence in vocabulary Standard Punjabi (Majhi). which is spoken to the west in the state of Punjab. Kangri, along with Dogri, has been classified as a dialect of Punjabi by linguists but since the 1960s, both have been recognised as dialects of a separate language group called Pahari.


  1. ^ "Census of India: Abstract of speakers’ strength of languages and mother tongues –2001". censusindia.gov.in. 
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kangri". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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