Nihali

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Nihal
Population

2,000 (Parkin 1991). Ethnic population: 5,000 (1987).

Location

Maharashtra, Buldana district, Jamod Jalgaon tahsil.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 25% between Nihal in Chikaldara taluk and Akola District and Korku [kfq] (Munda).

Language Use

Also use Korku [kfq], Hindi [hin], or Marathi [mar].

Other Comments

They live in or near Korku villages in a position of subordination to the Korku people. Possibly belonged to a now extinct speech family of India. Influenced significantly by Munda and Dravidian languages. 60%–70% of vocabulary borrowed. Nihali and Nahali [nlx] are different languages.