Bilaspuri

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bilaspuri Pahari, Kahluri, Kehloori Pahari, Kehluri, Pacchmi
Population

295,000 (1991 census).

Location

Himachal Pradesh, Bilaspur district.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

95% intelligibility of Mandeali [mjl], 94% of Kangri [xnr]. Lexical similarity: 90% with Kangri of Palampur, 86% with Mandeali, 84% with Chambeali [cdh].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Home, community, agriculture, religion. All ages. Hindi [hin] is used for instruction in school and politics. Middle-aged and older women have limited comprehension of Hindi. Some speak Panjabi as L2. Urdu [urd] is also spoken by middle- aged and older educated people.

Language Development
Radio programs.
Other Comments

‘Kahluri’ is based on the old name for the princely state. Hindu.