Kui language (India)

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Khonda ( ଖୋଣ୍ଡା )
RegionIndia
EthnicityKhonds, Dal, Sitha Kandha
Native speakers
941,988 (2011 census)[1]
Dravidian
  • South-Central
    • Gondi–Kui
      • Kuvi–Kui
        • Khonda ( ଖୋଣ୍ଡା )
Language codes
ISO 639-3kxu
Glottologkuii1252[2]

Kui (also Kandh, Khondi, Khond, Khondo, Kanda, Kodu (Kōdu), Kodulu, Kuinga (Kūinga), Kuy) is a South-Central Dravidian language spoken by the Khonds. It is mostly spoken in Odisha, and written in the Odia script. With 641,662 registered native speakers, it figures at rank 29 in the 1991 Indian census. The Kui language was also referred to as the Kalinga language during the historical period.

Distinct but closely related are the Gondi and Kuvi languages

Phonology[edit]

Consonants[3]
Labial Dental Retroflex Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɳ
Plosive voiceless p t ʈ k
voiced b d ɖ ɡ
Approximant central ʋ ~ b j
lateral l
Fricative s (ç ?) h
Flap ɾ ɽ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues - 2011". www.censusindia.gov.in. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kui (India)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Krishnamurti, Bhadriraju (2003). The Dravidian languages (null ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-511-06037-3.

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