Muthuvan

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Mudavan, Muduva, Muduvan, Muduvar, Mutuvar, Paanti naattu peeccu
Population

L1 users: 16,800 (2006 IMB).

Location

Andhra Pradesh state; Kerala state: Idukki district, Devikulam sub-district, Adimali and Devikulam blocks; Ernakulam, Kannur, Kottayam, Kozhikode, and Thrissur districts; Tamil Nadu state: Coimbatore district, Udumalpet and Valparai sub-districts, Anaimalai hills; Madurai district, Cardamom hills.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Western Muthuvan (Malayalam Muthuvan, Nattu Muthuvan), Eastern Muthuvan (Pandi Muthuvan, Tamil Muthuvan). Intelligibility 82%–87% between dialects, eastern dialect more intelligible to western than vice versa, 80% intelligibility of Malayalam [mal]. Lexical similarity: 77%–88% between dialects, 62%–67% with Tamil [tam], 58%–68% with Malayalam [mal].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village, religion. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Malayalam [mal], especially youth. Also use Tamil [tam], especially older people.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 24% (31% males, 17% females) (1991 census); 40% for Tamil Nadu (2001 census).
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Hindu.

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