Language of the Day for 21 September 2016

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Mahali [mjx]

A language of
India
Population Full
33,000 (2007), decreasing. Ethnic population: 278,000 (2007). Total users in all countries: 36,000.
Status
6b (Threatened).
Language Use
Most in Jharkhand reported Santhali [sat], Sadri [sck] or Mundari [unr] as their mother tongue rather than Mahali. May be a threatened language. Home, village, private prayer for half the L1 speakers in Jharkhand. Also use Bengali [ben], Hindi [hin], Munda [unx], Mundari [unr], Odia [ory], Sadri [sck], Santhali [sat].
Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 12% for Jharkhand (20% male, 4% female) (1981 census); 32% for Odisha (2001 census).
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