Sauria Paharia


A language of India

Alternate Names
Malatri, Maler, Malti, Malto, Maltu, Sawriya Malto

54,000 in India (Bhaskararao 2006). Population total all countries: 61,000.


Jharkhand, north former Santhal Pargana district, Rajmahal hills; Sahibganj and Godda districts, Pakaur district, Litipara block; West Bengal, Bankura, Barddhaman, and Murshidabad districts. Also in Bangladesh.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Godda, Hiranpur, Litipara (Chatgam), Sahibganj. Some inherent intelligibility of Kumarbhag Paharia [kmj]. Related to Kurux [kru]. Lexical similarity: 80% with Kumarbhag Paharia [kmj].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 7%. Literacy classes. Magazines. Newspapers. Radio programs. NT: 1999.
Bengali script. Devanagari script.
Other Comments

Part of Malto ethnic group. A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Christian.

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