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Malvi Language
Spoken in India (Malva region of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan)
Total speakers 20.0 million (1997)
Language family Indo-European
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2 raj
ISO 639-3 mup

Malvi is the language of the Malva region of India, with more than 20 million speakers. The language is also sometimes known as Malvi, Ujjaini, etc. Malvi is classified with the Rajasthani languages, with Nimadi, spoken in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh and in Rajasthan, being its closest cousin. The dialects of Malvi are, in alphabetical order, Bachadi, Bhoyari, Dholewari, Hoshangabadi, Jamral, Katiyai, Malvi Proper, Patvi, Rangari, Rangri, Sondhwari and Umathwadi.

A survey in 2001 found only 4 dialects: Ujjaini (Ujjain, Indore, Dewas, Sehore districts), Rajawadi (Ratlam, Mandsaur, Neemuch districts), Umathwadi (Rajgarh district) and Sondhwadi (Jhalawar District, Rajasthan).

About 75% of the population of Malva can converse in Hindi, which is the official language of the Madhya Pradesh state, and literacy rate in second language (Hindi) is about 40%.[1]

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