Korku

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bondeya, Bopchi, Korki, Kuri, Kurku, Ramekhera
Autonym
कोर्कू‎ (Korku)
Population

727,000 (2011 census).

Location

Madhya Pradesh state: Betul district, Betul city area and north; Hoshangabad and East Nimar (Khandwa) districts; Maharashtra state: Akola, Amravati, and Buldana districts.

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Language Status

5* (Developing).

Dialects

Bouriya, Bondoy, Ruma (Kurku-Ruma), Mawasi (Muasi, Muwasi). Dialects in northern Maharashtra and south central Madhya Pradesh constitute one language; 82% to 97% intelligibility among them; Bouriya most widely understood. Lexical similarity: 76%–82% with Laki Bouriya dialects.

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Hindi [hin], Marathi [mar]. Used as L2 by Nihali [nll].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy program in some villages in Chikaldara field. 50 literates reported. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. NT: 2018.

Writing

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Different from Koraku [ksz]. Traditional religion, Hindu.

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