Kolami, Southeastern

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A language of India

Population

10,000 (1989 F. Blair). 1,500 speakers of Naiki (Van Driem 2007).

Location

Andhra Pradesh, Adilabad district; Maharashtra, Chandrapur, and Nanded districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Asifabad, Metla-Kinwat, Naiki, Utnur. Not intelligible with Northwestern Kolami [kfb]. Rao (1950) reports another dialect in Chinnoor and Sirpur taluks of Adilabad District. The Naiki dialect is different from Naikri (Zvelebil 1970:13). Lexical similarity: 85%–88% with Naiki and other Southeastern Kolami dialects, 83% with the Metla-Kinwat and Utnur, 86% with Asifabad and Utnur, 60%–74% with Northwestern Kolami [kfb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Low. Bible portions.