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Malaryan

An extinct language of India

ISO 639-3mjq

Population  Extinct.
Region  Kerala, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, and Trichur districts; Tamil Nadu.
Alternate names   Arayans, Karingal, Malai Arayan, Malayarayan, Malayarayar, Male Arayans, Maley Arayan, Vazhiyammar
Classification  Dravidian, Southern, Tamil-Kannada, Tamil-Kodagu, Tamil-Malayalam, Malayalam
Language use  May be shifting to Malayalam [mal].
Language development  Grammar.
Comments  A Scheduled Tribe. Reportedly speak a variety of Malayalam as L1. Malayarayar and Mala Arayan are listed as 2 different communities in the census but they are the same group. Though the Kanikkar of Trivandrum District also sometimes call themselves Malayarayar, they are entirely different (Menon 1996:198).
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