Bagheli

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bagelkhandi, Bhugelkhud, Gangai, Godwani Kawathi, Kenat, Kevat Boli, Kevati, Kewani, Kewat, Kewati, Kewot, Kumhari, Mandal, Mannadi, Riwai
Population

2,860,000 in India (2001 census).

Location

Chhattisgarh state: Bilaspur and Koriya districts; Madhya Pradesh state: Anuppur, Chhindwara, Dindori, Jabalpur, Mandla, Panna, Rewa, Satna, Shahdol, Sidhi, and Umaria districts; Uttar Pradesh state: Allahabad, Banda, Mirzapur, and Hamirpur districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Godwani, Kumhari, Rewa. Godwani (refers to Bagheli-speaking Gonds), Kumhari (refers to Bagheli-speaking Kumhar). Though geographic and caste variation is found in Bagheli, no dialect is prevalent. Rewa area variety is considered standard. Lexical similarity: 79%–99% between all Bagheli varieties; 72%–91% with Hindi [hin].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Hindi [hin].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 49% in Hindi. Had literature since 16th century. Radio programs. NT: 1821.
Writing

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Hindu.

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