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Malvi language

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Malvi language

Native to India (Malva region of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan)
Native speakers
10.4 million (2003)[1]
Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi.[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mupinclusive code
Individual code:
bhe – Bhaya
Glottolog malv1243  (Malvi)[3]
bhay1238  (Bhaya)[4]
Malvi Language Spoken Regions in India

Malvi (Ujjaini, Malavi, Mallow, Malwada, Malwi) is the Rajasthani language of the Malva region of India, with ten million speakers. Nimadi, spoken in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh and in Rajasthan, is its closest relative. The dialects of Malvi are Ujjaini (Ujjain, Indore, Dewas, Shajapur, Sehore districts), Rajawadi (Ratlam, Mandsaur, Neemuch districts), Umathwadi (Rajgarh district), and Sondhwadi (Jhalawar district). Bhaya of Pakistan may be a dialect. Ujjaini is the prestige dialect, and the language as a whole sometimes goes by that name.

About 75% of the Malvi population can converse in Hindi, which is the official language of the Madhya Pradesh state, and literacy rate in a second language such as Hindi is about 40%. There are many unpublished materials in this language.

See also


  1. ^ Malvi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Bhaya at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Malvi".  
  4. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bhaya".  

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