Dungra Bhil

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A language of India

Population

L1 users: 100,000 (2000 IICCC).

Location

Gujarat state: Vadodara district, Chotaudeyapur and Naswadi sub-districts; Madhya Pradesh state: Jhabua district, Alirajpur sub-district; Maharashtra state: Dedgam sub-district; slopes of Vindhya Satpura mountains. 200 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. 84%–89% intelligibility with Bhilori [noi] of Maharashtra. Lexical similarity: 75%–85% between subgroups, 71%–87% with Bhilori and Noiri Bhili, less than 53% with Garasia [gas].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 3%–5%. NT: 2009.
Writing

Devanagari script [Deva]. Gujarati script [Gujr].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe in Gujarat. A Bhil subgroup. Dungra Bhil sometimes used as alternate name for Adivasi Garasia [gas] and Rajput Garasia [gra] but probably refers to more than 1 group living in the hills. ‘Dungra’, hill. Hindu.

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