Noiri

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A language of India

Population

100,000 (2003 IICCC).

Location

Maharashtra, Nandurbar district, Dhadgaon, Akkalkua, and Shahada tahsils; Dhule district, Shirpur tahsil; Jalgaon district, Chopda tahsil; Madhya Pradesh, Badwani district, Pansemal tahsil.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Barutiya. Highly intelligible with Dungra Bhili [duh]. Barutiya people have high acquired intelligibility of Vasavi [vas] and Bareli Pauri [bfb]. Lexical similarity: 77%–87% with Dungra Bhili [duh], 60%-71% with different Vasavi [vas] varieties, 58%–68% with Nahali [nlx] of Toranmal, 47%–54% with the Kotali dialect of Bhili [bhb]; the Barutiya dialect of Noiri, 64%–70% with Bareli Pauri [bfb]. Noiri-Barutiya variety falls between Vasavi and Bareli Pauri on a dialect continuum.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village. Positive attitudes to the west. Less positive to the east. Low proficiency in Marathi [mar] and Hindi [hin].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 1% in Marathi.
Writing
Devanagari script.
Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. A Bhil subgroup. ‘Noira’ means people who speak through the nose. Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.