Malto

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.ch13

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Abstract

Malto, the northernmost of the Dravidian languages in India, is spoken by nearly 100,000 people in the Rajmahal Hills of Bihar. Pockets of Malto speakers also live in the states of West Bengal, Tripura and Orissa. Speakers of Malto call their language mal sapa ‘man’s language’ or malto ‘of the man’, and they call themselves maler ‘men’. Three dialects have been identified: Kumarbhag, Malpaharia and Sawriya.

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