Khandesi

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Dhed Gujari, Khandeshi, Khandeshi Bhili, Khandish, Maharashtra Bhil
Population

21,900 (2001 census).

Location

Maharashtra, Dhule district, Sakri tahsil; Nasik district, Satna tahsil; Nandurbar district, Nandurbar, and Shahada tahsils; Gujarat.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Dangri, Khandesi, Kotali Bhil, Kunbi (Kunbau), Rangari. All varieties of Khandesi tested at 90% or higher intelligibility with each other. A group of Kukna in Dhule District speak Khandesi.

Language Use

Vigorous. A group of Kukna [kex] in Dhule District also use Khandesi. Positive attitudes. Also use Kukna [kex], Marathi [mar]. Used as L2 by Kukna [kex].

Language Development
Bible portions.
Other Comments

See also Dhanki [dhn]. Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.