A language of India

Alternate Names
Moopan, Thacchanadens, Thachanad Muppans

3,000 (2004 survey).


Kerala, Wayanad district, Kalpetta, Meppadi, Muttil and Ambalavayal panchayats; Malappuram district, Nilambur area.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


None known. Lexical similarity: 60%–64% with Malayalam [mal], 50%–54% with Tamil [tam], 66%–72% with Mullu Kurumba [kpb].

Language Use

Some use Malayalam in home and village, esp. with children. Use is less among youth. Home, village. All ages. Neutral to positive attitudes. Youth have more negative attitudes. Also use Malayalam [mal].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 30% (2004 survey). Literacy rate much lower than state literacy rate.
Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Hindu.