A language of India

Alternate Names
Arayans, Karingal, Malai Arayan, Malayarayan, Malayarayar, Male Arayans, Maley Arayan, Vazhiyammar

No known L1 speakers. Ethnic population: 35,000 (2001 census).


Scattered in central Kerala (Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, and Thrissur districts).

Language Status

9 (Dormant).

Language Use

Shifted to Malayalam [mal] in Kerala.

Language Development
Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Speak a variety of Malayalam [mal] as L1. Malayarayar and Mala Arayan are listed as 2 different communities in the census but are the same group. Though the Kanikkar of Trivandrum District also sometimes call themselves Malayarayar, they are entirely different (Menon 1996:198). Hindu, Christian.

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