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Sansiboli, Sansi or
Bhilki is a highly endangered Indo-Aryan language of the Central group. The language is spoken by
the nomadic Sansi people.
Ethnologue sees it
as a Hindustani language (Western Hindi). Some
sources also mention it as a dialect of the Rajasthani
is closely related to Sansiboli.
It is spoken by about sixty thousand speakers mainly in
Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, and Delhi states of India. As a
language, Sansiboli is not confined to any particular geographical
boundary. It has benefitted from various sources, absorbed regional
colors, and imbibed influence from neighboring languages and
dialects. Thus, it has numerous phonological and morphological
borrowings from Punjabi, Hindi, and Gujarati.
Sansiboli is not effectively being passed on to the next
generation and is on the verge of extinction. Very few people below
the age of forty are fully competent in the language, and probably
none of them will become active speakers. Many of the Sansis are
likely to mix Hindi, Punjabi, or Gujarati elements in their speech
depending on their geographical location.