Waddar language

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Native toIndia, Nepal, Pakistan
RegionAndhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra
Native speakers
200,000 (2011 census)[1]
Telugu alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3wbq

Waddar (Vadee rajulu, Od), or Vadari, is a dialect of Telugu language spoken among social caste of Waddars scattered ovel South India, especially in Karnataka, where it has a status of Scheduled caste. 200,000 people reported their languages as 'Vadari' in the 2011 census. Ethnologue treats it as separate Dravidian language closely related to Telugu, but without clear grounds. Waddars show their close relevance to Kaikadis & Chitpavan Brahmins.


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