Bilaspuri

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bilaspuri Pahari, Kahluri, Kehloori Pahari, Kehluri, Pacchmi
Population

295,000 (1991 census).

Location

Himachal Pradesh state: Bilaspur district; Punjab state: Rupnagar district.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. 95% intelligibility of Mandeali [mjl], 94% of Kangri [xnr]. Lexical similarity: 90% with Kangri of Palampur, 86% with Mandeali, 84% with Chambeali [cdh].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Home, community, agriculture, religion. All ages. Also use Eastern Punjabi [pan]. Also use Hindi [hin], especially for instruction in school and politics, but middle-aged and older women have limited comprehension of it. Also use Urdu [urd], especially by middle-aged and older educated people.

Language Development
Radio.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

‘Kahluri’ is based on the old name for the princely state. Hindu.

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