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Halbi
Spoken in India
Region Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Maharashtra
Total speakers 500,000 (2000)
Language family Indo-European
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3 hlb

Halbi (also Bastari, Halba, Halvas, Halabi, Halvi, Mahari, Mehari) is an Eastern zone Indo-Aryan language of the Oriya subgroup, spoken by about 500,000 individuals across the central part of India.It is considered a dilect of Oriya language by linguist.It uses SOV word order (subject-object-verb), makes strong use of affixes, and places adjectives before nouns. It is often used as a trade language, but there is a low literacy rate.

The Mehari dialect is mutually intelligible with the other dialects only with difficulty. There are an estimated 200,000 second-language speakers (as of 2001). In Chhtisgarh Schooled males are fluent in Hindi. Some first language speakers use Bhatri as second language.

Halbi is written in the Oriya & Devanagari script.

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