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). L2 users: Merchants and government workers use it as L2.

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. A member of macrolanguage Rajasthani [raj].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; genitives after noun heads; nontonal.

Language Use

A regional language in Vagad Desh. 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 [Deva].

Other Comments

Vagri is a Scheduled Tribe in Gujarat.