Wagdi

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bhili, Bhilodi, Mina Bhil, Vagadi, Vagari, Vagdi, Vaged, Vageri, Vagi, Wagadi, Wagari, Waghari, Wagholi, Wagri
Population

2,510,000 (2001 census).

Location

Rajasthan, south Udaipur, Dungarpur, and Banswara districts; Gujarat, Sabarkantha and Panchmahals; Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Adivasi Wagdi, Kherwara, Rewadi, Sagwara. Dialect intelligibility above 95%. Intelligible of Adivasi Garasia [gas] of Bhiloda. Wagdi Banswara highly intelligible of Bhilodi of Gujarat. Wagdi highly intelligible of Patelia [bhb] of Gujarat. Lexical similarity: 84% with Patelia dialects; 75%–80% with Marwari [rwr] dialects; 79%–93% with Adiwasi Garasia dialects; 79%–87% with Rajput Garasia dialects.

Typology

SOV; postpositions; genitives after noun heads; nontonal

Language Use

A regional language in Vagad Desh. Merchants and government workers use it as L2. Positive attitudes. Some also use Hindi [hin], with proficiency adequate for market.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 2000.
Writing
Devanagari script.
Other Comments

Vagri is a Scheduled Tribe in Gujarat. Traditional religion.