Lambadi

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bangala, Banjara, Banjari, Banjori, Banjuri, Brinjari, Gohar-Herkeri, Goola, Gormati, Gurmarti, Kora, Labhani, Labhani Muka, Lamadi, Lamani, Lambani, Lambara, Lavani, Lemadi, Lumadale, Singali, Sugali, Sukali, Tanda, Vanjari, Wanji
Population

4,150,000 (2001 census). Ethnic population: Estimates range up to 40,000,000 for the total group.

Location

Andhra Pradesh; Madhya Pradesh; Himachal Pradesh; Gujarat; Tamil Nadu; Maharashtra; Karnataka; Odisha; West Bengal.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Andhra Pradesh Lamani (Telugu Lamani), Karnataka Lamani (Mysore Lamani), Maharashtra Lamani.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Kannada [kan], Marathi [mar], Telugu [tel].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 43% for Banjara of Andhra Pradesh. Many sources cite a much lower literacy rate for Banjara, 10%–20% (2001 census). Radio programs. Grammar. NT: 1999.
Writing

Devanagari script [Deva], used in Maharashtra. Kannada script [Knda], used in Karnataka. Telugu script [Telu], used in Andhra Pradesh.

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe in Odisha, a Scheduled Caste in Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh. Ethnic autonym: Gormati. Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.