Wagdi language

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Wagdi
Bhilodi
Native to India
Region Vagad region, Rajasthan
Ethnicity Bhil
Native speakers
2.5 million (2001 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wbr
Glottolog wagd1238[2]

Wagdi (Vaghri) is one of the Bhil languages of India spoken mainly in Dungarpur and Banswara districts of Southern Rajasthan. It is mutually intelligible with Bhili (Bhil proper).

There are three dialects of Wagdi: Aspur, Kherwara, Sagwara and Adivasi Wagdi.

Grammar

Nouns

  • There are two numbers: singular and plural.
  • Two genders: masculine and feminine.
  • Three cases: simple, oblique, and vocative. Case marking is partly inflectional and partly postpositional.
  • Nouns are declined according to their final segments.
  • All pronouns are inflected for number and case but gender is distinguished only in the third person singular pronouns.
  • The third person pronouns are distinguished on the proximity/remoteness dimension in each gender.
  • Adjectives are of two types: either ending in /-o/ or not.
  • Cardinal numbers up to ten are inflected.
  • Both present and past participles function as adjectives.

Verbs

  • There are three tenses and four moods.

Sources

  1. ^ Wagdi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wagdi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
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