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Halbi language

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Linguasphere  59-AAF-tb
Native to  India
Native speakers  600,000
ISO 639-3  Either: hlb – Halbi bhu – Bhunjia
Glottolog  halb1244  (Halbi) bhun1242  (Bhunjia)
Language family  Indo-Aryan languages, Indo-European languages, Indo-Iranian languages, Halbic languages
Region  Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh

Halbi (also Bastari, Halba, Halvas, Halabi, Halvi, Mahari, Mehari) is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language, transitional between Oriya and Marathi. It is spoken by 500,000 people across the central part of India. It uses SOV word order (subject-object-verb), makes strong use of affixes, and places adjectives before nouns. It is often used as a trade language, but there is a low literacy rate.

The Mehari dialect is mutually intelligible with the other dialects only with difficulty. There are an estimated 200,000 second-language speakers (as of 2001). In Chhtisgarh Schooled males are fluent in Hindi. Some first language speakers use Bhatri as second language.

Halbi is written in the Oriya & Devanagari script.


Halbi language Wikipedia

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