|Region||Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand|
|25,000 (2007 survey)|
Lodhi (Lodi, Lohi, Lozi) is a Munda language, or perhaps dialect cluster, of India that has been strongly influenced by neighboring Austroasiatic languages. Kharia Thar is only spoken by one quarter of ethnic Lodhi in Orissa. However, while admitting that Lodhi is related to Sora, a Munda language, Ethnologue classifies it as Indic (Bengali–Assamese), and it is considered a variety of Hindi in the Indian census. It may be that there are both Munda and Indic varieties subsumed under the name Lodhi.
However, Anderson (2008:299) suggests that Lodhi (Lodha) of northern Orissa may be an endangered Munda language; some members use the autonym Sabar[a].
Lodhi is spoken in (Ethnologue):
- Morada and Suliapada, Sadar subdivision, Mayurbhanj district, Odisha
- Sora block, Balasore district, Odisha
- Binpur and Kharagpur-I blocks in West Medinipur district, West Bengal
- Jharkhand (along the West Bengal border)
- Anderson, Gregory D.S (ed). 2008. The Munda languages. Routledge Language Family Series 3.New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-32890-X.
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