Waddar language

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Not to be confused with Od language.
Native to India, Nepal, Pakistan
Region Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra
Native speakers
170,000 (2001 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wbq
Glottolog wadd1237[2]

Waddar (Vadari, Od) 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. Number of speakers is 171,725 (2001 census, listed as Vadari under Telugu). Ethnologue treated it as separate Dravidian language closely related to Telugu, but without clear grounds.


  1. ^ Waddar at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Waddar". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.