Sadri

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Chota Nagpuri, Dikku Kaji, Ganwari, Gauuari, Gawari, Goari, Jharkhandhi, Nagpuri, Nagpuria, Sadan, Sadana, Sadani, Sadari, Sadati, Sadhan, Sadhari, Sadna, Sadrik, Santri, Siddri, Sradri
Population

3,290,000 in India (2001 census). 2,050,000 Sadani, 1,243,000 Nagpuria. Total users in all countries: 3,291,180.

Location

Jharkhand: Chatra, Latehar, Ranchi, and Palamu districts; Bihar: Aurangabad; Chhattisgarh: Surguja.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). Trade language among tribal groups in Assam.

Dialects

77% of Sadri [sdr], Oraon of Bangladesh. Speakers name 3 registers of Sadri: Sadani (finer, respectful, formal), Common Sadri (Nagpuri), and Lower Sadri (rough). Lexical similarity: 77%–96% between dialects, 58%–71% with Hindi [hin], 47%–54% with Odia [ory], 45%–61% with Bengali [ben].

Language Use

7,000,000 tribals in Assam speak Sadri as language of wider communication. Positive attitudes. Also use Bengali [ben], Hindi [hin], Odia [ory]. Used as L2 by Asuri [asr], Birhor [biy], Majhi [mjz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Magazines. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1931–1986.
Writing

Bengali script [Beng]. Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Hindu, Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.

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