A language of India ISO 639-3 saz Alternate Names Sourashtri,Sourashtra (Revisied) Population 185,000 (2001 census). Each listed district has communities of at least 5,000. Location Tamil Nadu, Madurai, Thanjavur, Dindugul Quaid-E. Milleth, Ramanathapuram, Chengai-Annai, Salem, Tiruchchirappalli, Tirunelveli, and North Arcot districts; Chennai, Deccan, Madurai, Thanjavur, and Salem cities; Karnataka; Andhra Pradesh. Language Maps India, Map 8 Language Status 5 (Developing). Classification Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan Dialects No significant dialect variations.However one dialect makes gender variation in the usage of Verb whereas the other uses Feminine gender invariably for all verbs. Indo-Aryan elements reveal OUTER BAND ARYAN relationship; some structure from Dravidian, lexicon from Telugu [tel] and Tamil [tam]. An Indo-European island surrounded by Dravidian languages. The 3 main populations in Salem, Thanjavur, and Madurai cities had between 67% and 97% inherent intelligibility among themselves. Lexical similarity: 77%–96% between all varieties. The 3 main populations: 84%–96%. Southern dialects have 83% or higher lexical similarity with Thanjavur variety. Language Use Vigorous. Home, prayer. Also use Tamil [tam]. Language Development Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 2001. Language Resources OLAC resources in and about Saurashtra Writing Saurashtra script [Saur], a modern version developed in the late 1800s, used for centuries. Tamil script [Taml], primary usage. Other Comments Most are weavers; non-weavers are generally better educated. System of ENDOGAMY in marriage system. Hindu.