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Spoken in India
Region Rajasthan
Total speakers ca. 60,000 (2002)
Language family Indo-European
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3 ssi

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)[1]. Some sources also mention it as a dialect of the Rajasthani language.[2] Kabutra 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.


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