Gujarati

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Gujerathi, Gujerati, Gujrathi
Autonym
ગુજરાત‎ (Gujarātī)
Population

45,700,000 (2001 census). Total users in all countries: 46,888,670.

Location

Gujarat state: both shores of Gulf of Khambhat; Maharashtra state: Nandubar and Nashil districts; Rajasthan state: Jalor and Sirohi districts; Daman and Diu Union Territory.

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Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Gujurat State; Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu union territories (1950, Constitution, Schedule VIII).

Dialects

Standard Gujarati (Mumbai Gujarati, Nagari, Patnuli, Saurashtra Standard), Gamadia (Ahmedabad Gamadia, Anawla, Brathela, Charotari, Eastern Broach Gujarati, Gramya, Patani, Patidari, Surati, Vadodari), Parsi, Kathiyawadi (Bhawnagari, Gohilwadi, Holadi, Jhalawadi, Sorathi), Kharwa, Kakari, Tarimuki (Ghisadi). The Parsi dialect has less than 55,000 speakers, with only a very few knowing how to read or write it (2107 R. Doctor). Memoni ethnic group reportedly speak a Kacchi [kfr] variety.

Typology

SOV; postpositions; noun head final; gender (masculine/feminine/neuter); no articles; case-marking (6 cases); verb affixes mark person, number, gender of subject; split ergativity; passives; tense and aspect; comparatives; 31 consonants, 8 vowels, 2 diphthongs; non-tonal; stress on penultimate syllable.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Adiwasi Garasia [gas], Chodri [cdi], Dhanki [dhn], Dhodia [dho], Indo-Portuguese [idb], Kacchi [kfr], Rajput Garasia [gra], Sansi [ssi], Varli [vav].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 70% for Gujarat state (2001 census). Fully developed. Bible: 1823–2005.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Gujarati script [Gujr], primary usage. Khojki script [Khoj].

Other Comments

Gujarati Parsi is different from Parsi [prp]. Hindu, Muslim.

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