Bundeli

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bondili, Bundelkhandi
Autonym
बुन्देली‎ (Bundeli)
Population

3,070,000 (2001 census). Population estimates range up to 20,000,000.

Location

Madhya Pradesh state: Chhatarpur, Chhindwara, Datia, Narsinghpur, Panna, Sagar, Satna, Seoni, Shivpuri and Tikamgarh districts; Maharashtra state: Bhandara and Nagpur districts; Rajasthan state; Uttar Pradesh state: Banda, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, and Lalitpur districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Standard Bundeli, Lodhanti (Rathora), Chhatapur (Khatola), Banaphari, Kundri, Nibhatta, Tirhari, Gaoli, Kirari, Raghobansi, Nagpuri Hindi, Chhindwara Bundeli. Lexical similarity: 41% with Nagpuri Hindi [hin].

Language Use

Home. Positive attitudes, especially toward Chhatapur dialect. Also use Hindi [hin], but uneducated speakers have low proficiency.

Language Development
Literature. Radio. NT: 2010.
Writing

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Hindu, Buddhist.

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