Desiya

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Deshia, Desia, Desiya Oriya, Koraput Oriya
Population

50,000 (2003 Asha Kiran Society).

Location

Odisha, Koraput district, Lamtaput block, Nabarangapur district.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Intelligible with Adivasi Oriya [ort] but uses different scripts. Lexical similarity: 80%–85% with Adivasi Oriya [ort] dialects in Andhra Pradesh.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Bodo Gadaba [gbj], Gata’ [gaq], Mirgan [zrg], Pottangi Ollar Gadaba [gdb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 6%. Newspapers.
Writing

Oriya script [Orya].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.