Sadri, Oraon


A language of Bangladesh


166,000 (2000).


Throughout Rajshahi Division; Rangpur Division, Hilli area; possibly in Sylhet Division, Moulvibazar and Habiganj districts, and in Khulna Division, Jhenaidah, Kushtia, and Magura districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Borail Sadri, Mokkan Tila Sadri, Nurpur Sadri, Uchai Sadri. Dialects may need separate literature. Inherent intelligibility of 7 Sadri varieties on Borail ranges from 70%–93%; of 8 varieties on Nurpur from 78%–94%. Lexical similarity: 88%–97% with 14 Sadri varieties with the Borail Sadri dialect.

Language Use

Vigorous but some educated people do not use Oraon with their children. All ages. Low proficiency in Bengali [ben].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 30%. Bangladesh Oraon Foundation has committed to language maintenance. NT: 2003.

Bengali script [Beng]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The Oraon people came from India over 100 years ago. Sometime in the past some Oraon shifted from Kurux [kru], a Dravidian language, to Sadri, which is Indo-Aryan. Some Oraon people still speak Kurux. Traditional religion, Hindu.