Gon?i

Authored by: Sanford B. Steever

The Dravidian Languages

Print publication date:  December  1997
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415100236
eBook ISBN: 9780203424353
Adobe ISBN: 9781136911644

10.4324/9780203424353.ch10

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Abstract

Gon?i belongs to the South-Central branch of Dravidian. It is spoken by perhaps two million people in the central Indian states of Maharashtra (1,300,000), Madhya Pradesh (450,000), Andhra Pradesh (270,000) and Orissa (84,000). Gondi’s extensive dialect variation may be attributed to several factors: it covers a wide geographic area, has no written tradition and lacks official status.

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