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Gondi Language

Gondi language belongs to the family of south-central Dravidian languages. It has an approximate number of 2 million speakers, known as the Gond people. In India, Gondi language is spoken by people mostly residing in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, as well as Chhattisgarh. The roots of the Gondi language come from the first Proto-Dravidian language in history.

The language is quite rich in folk culture as well as literature. There are many celebrations and marriage songs in the Gondi language. However, despite that, it is not as popular among the masses when compared to other Indian languages. In fact, despite being the primal language of the Gond people, statistics say that only half of the Gond population speaks it.

Fundamentally, Gondi write-ups generally abide by the standards of Devanagari script as well as Telugu script. Coming to the dialects of the language, the popular dialects are: Dorla, Koya, Muria, Maria, and Raj Gond. All the dialects mentioned mainly differ only in terms of phonological variations.

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