Wagdi language

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For the Arabic name Wagdi, or Wagdy or Wajdi, see Wajdi

Wagdi
Bhilodi
Native toIndia
RegionVagad region, Rajasthan
EthnicityBhil
Native speakers
3.39 million (2011 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3wbr
Glottologwagd1238[2]

Wagdi (Vaghri) is one of the Bhil languages of India spoken mainly in Dungarpur and Banswara districts of Southern Rajasthan. Wagdi has been characterized as a dialect of Bhili.[3]

There are three dialects of Wagdi: Aspur, Kherwara, Sagwara and Adivasi Wagdi.

Grammar[edit]

Nouns[edit]

  • There are two numbers: singular and plural.
  • Two genders: masculine and feminine.
  • Three cases: simple, oblique, and vocative. Case marking is partly inflectional and partly postpositional.
  • Nouns are declined according to their final segments.
  • All pronouns are inflected for number and case but gender is distinguished only in the third person singular pronouns.
  • The third person pronouns are distinguished on the proximity/remoteness dimension in each gender.
  • Adjectives are of two types: either ending in /-o/ or not.
  • Cardinal numbers up to ten are inflected.
  • Both present and past participles function as adjectives.

Verbs[edit]

  • There are three tenses and four moods.

Sources[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 7 July 2018.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wagdi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Phillips, Maxwell P. (2012). Dialect Continuum in the Bhil Tribal Belt: Grammatical Aspects (Thesis submitted for the degree of PhD in Linguistics 2012). University of London. p. 9.