Muria, Eastern

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A language of India

Population

200,000 (2007).

Location

Chhattisgarh, Northeast Bastar district, Keshkal and Kondagaon tahsils; Odisha, Nabarangapur district, Raigarh tahsil.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Lanjoda, Raigarh. 95% intelligibility between dialects; 73%–83% of Western Muria [mut]; 19%–34% of Northern Gondi [gno]; 35% of Dandami Maria [daq]. Lexical similarity: 74%–77% with Western Muria [mut], 65%–75% with Far Western Muria [fmu].

Language Use

Vigorous. Religion, work; mixed use: home, village. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most common L2 is Chhattisgarhi [hne]. Also use Halbi [hlb], Hindi [hin], or Oriya [ory].

Language Development
Majority are illiterate.
Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Hindu.