Gata’

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Didayi, Didei, Dire, Gataq, Geta’, Getaq, Gta’, Gta Asa
Population

3,060 (1991 census). Ethnic population: 7,370 (2001 census). In Odisha.

Location

Odisha, Koraput, and Malkangiri districts, Kudumulgumma and Chitrakonda blocks, south of Bondo Hills; some in Khairput block. 47 villages; Andhra Pradesh, East Godavari district.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Hill Geta’, Plains Geta’. Ruhlen treats Plains Geta’ and Hill Geta’ as separate languages. Lexical similarity: 68%–93% among dialects, 27%–37% with Bondo [bfw] varieties, 22%–28% with Gadaba Gutob [gbj] dialect.

Language Use

Also use Desiya [dso], Oriya [ory].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10% in Odisha (2001 census).
Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Hindu.