Magahi

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bihari, Magadhi, Magaya, Maghai, Maghaya, Maghori, Magi, Magodhi, Megahi
Autonym
मगही‎ (magahī)
Population

20,700,000 in India (2011 census). 8,000,000 Khortha and 12,700,000 Magahi (2011 census). Total users in all countries: 20,746,400 (as L1: 20,735,600; as L2: 10,800).

Location

Bihar state: Bhagalpur, Gaya, eastern Patna districts; Jharkhand state: Hazaribagh district, north Chota Nagpur area; West Bengal state: Maldah district.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Southern Magahi, Northern Magahi, Central Magahi, Khortha (Khotta).

Language Use

Religion. Positive attitudes. Also use Hindi [hin], especially educated people, city-dwellers, and those who travel.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 30%. Literacy rate in L2: 30% in Hindi [hin]. Bhojpuri [bho] can use Magahi materials. Newspapers. Periodicals. Radio. NT: 1826–2016.

Writing

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Hindu, Jain, traditional religion.

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