Khortha dialect

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Eastern Maithili
Native to India
Region Bihar & Jharkhand
Native speakers
4.7 million (2001 census)[1]
Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi.[1]
Official status
Official language in
No official status
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog east2315[2]

Khortha (Khotta) is a dialect of Maithili spoken in the Indian state of Jharkhand, mainly in 13 districts of two divisions: North Chotanagpur and Santhal Pargana. The 13 districts are Hazaribagh, Koderma, Giridih, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Chatra, Ramgarh, Deoghar, Dumka, Sahebganj, Pakur, Godda, and Jamtara. Khortha is not only spoken by the Sadaans, it is also used by the Adivasis as a link language[further explanation needed].


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  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Eastern Maithili". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.