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. Wagdi has been characterized as a dialect of Bhili.[3]

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. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Maxwell P. (2012). Dialect Continuum in the Bhil Tribal Belt: Grammatical Aspects (Thesis submitted for the degree of PhD in Linguistics 2012). University of London. p. 9. 
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