Varli

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Warli
Population

600,000 (2003).

Location

Maharashtra, north Thane district, Dahanu and Talasari taluks; Nasik and Dhule districts; Gujarat, Valsad district, Dharampur taluk; Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Davari dialect is in far north Thane district and south Gujarat.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Davari, Eastern Nihiri, Western Nihiri. Sometimes classified as a dialect of Gujarati [guj] or Bhili [bhb]. Lexical similarity: 61%–93% among dialects, 60% with Marathi [mar], 65% with Kukna [kex].

Language Use

Also use Gujarati [guj], Marathi [mar].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 32% for Gujarat (2001 census). Radio programs. Bible portions: 2009.
Writing

Devanagari script [Deva]. Gujarati script [Gujr].

Other Comments

Each dialect group is endogamous. Patrilocal. A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion.