A language of India

Alternate Names

15,700 (1991 census).


Chhattisgarh, Surguja district; Jharkhand, Palamau, Garhwa districts; Uttar Pradesh, Sonbhadra district.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


A subgroup of Korwa [kfp] (Parkin 1991). Lexical similarity: 82%–96% between varieties, 50%–70% with Korwa [kfp].

Language Use

Kodaku in Jharkhand shifting to a local variety of Sadri [sck]. Kodaku in Chhattisgarh retaining their mother tongue more. In Chhattisgarh most use Kodaku in home and village and it is used by children with each other. Men also speak Hindi [hin] or Kurux [kru]. Women are monolingual (Parkin 1991).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 26% in Chhattisgarh (2001 census).
Other Comments

Grouped with Korwa on Scheduled Tribes list in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Ethnic autonym: Korwa in Jharkhand, though language used is Kodaku. Traditional religion, Hindu, Christian.