Wayanad Chetti language

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Wayanad Chetti
Native to India
Native speakers
5,000 (2004)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ctt
Glottolog waya1264[2]

Wayanad Chetti, or Chetti, is an unclassified Southern Dravidian language of India spoken by Wayanadan Chetti community in the Wayanad district of Kerala, India. It has 62-76% lexical similarity with Gowder, 65% with Jen Kurumba and 52% with Kannada.[3] Kannada is the closest major language.[4] Their language is also very similar to Badaga.[5]


  1. ^ Wayanad Chetti at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Wayanad Chetti". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ "Ethnologue". 
  4. ^ Waugh, Barb (15 March 2006). "Wayanad Chetti" (PDF). 
  5. ^ Hockings, Paul; Pilot-Raichoor, Christiane (1992). A Badaga-English Dictionary, Volume 8 of Trends in Linguistics. Documentation [TiLDOC]. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 454,514. ISBN 9783110846058.