Sauria Paharia

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Malatri, Maler, Malti, Malto, Maltu, Sawriya Malto
Population

L1 users: 54,000 (Bhaskararao 2006). Total users in all countries: 61,000.

Location

Bihar state: Bhagalpur; Jharkhand state: Godda and Sahibganj districts, Rajmahal hills; Pakaur district, Litipara sub-district; West Bengal state: Murshidabad district.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Sahibganj, Godda, Hiranpur, Litipara (Chatgam). Some intelligibility of Kumarbhag Paharia [kmj]. Lexical similarity: 80% with Kumarbhag Paharia [kmj].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 7%. Literacy classes. Newspapers. Periodicals. Radio. NT: 1999.
Writing

Bengali (Bangla) script [Beng]. Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Part of Malto ethnic group. A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Christian.

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