A language of India

Alternate Names
Malai Vedan, Malavetan, Towetan, Veda Bhasha, Vedans, Vettava Bhasha

Ethnic population: 12,600 (2001 census). Total population unknown. 6,190 in Kerala, 6,410 in Tamil Nadu (2001 census).


Kerala, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Kollam, and Trivandrum districts; scattered, southern Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari, Madurai, Dindigul, Nilgiris, Salem, and Tirunelveli districts.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Vetan, Vettuvan. Lexical similarity: 64%–68% with Malayalam [mal], 48%–52% with Tamil [tam].

Language Use

Dying out in Idukki District, replaced by Malayalam [mal]. Home, village in Pathanamthitta district. Positive attitudes. Also use Malayalam [mal], especially in Kerala.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 67%–78% for Kerala, 56% for Tamil Nadu (2001 census).
Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Hindu.

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