Malvi language

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Not to be confused with the Malwai dialect of Punjabi.
Native to India (Malva region of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan)
Native speakers
5.6 million (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mup
Glottolog malv1243  (Malvi)[2]
Malvi Language Spoken Regions in India

Malvi, or Malwi, is a language spoken in the Malwa region of India, with ten million speakers. It is closely related to Nimadi, which is spoken in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh. The dialects of Malvi are Ujjaini (Ujjain, Indore, Dewas, Shajapur, Sehore districts), Rajawadi (Ratlam, Mandsaur, Neemuch districts), Umathwadi (Rajgarh district), and Sondhwadi (Jhalawar district). Ujjaini is the prestige dialect, and the language as a whole sometimes goes by that name.

About 75% of the Malvi population can converse in Hindi, which is the official language of the Madhya Pradesh state, and literacy rate in a second language such as Hindi is about 40%. There are many unpublished materials in this language.

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  1. ^ Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues – 2000, Census of India, 2001
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Malvi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.