Abhay speaking Kurux

Published September 16, 2020

Kurux, or Kurukh, is a Dravidian language and Indigenous language of India, spoken by Oroao and Kisan tribal peoples. Speakers also live in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan. Malto is a close linguistic relation. This video was recorded by Daniel Bögre Udell in Delhi, India. Kurukh is a tribal Indian language that has 2.2 million native speakers worldwide. Kurukh is considered to be a vulnerable language according to UNESCO’s list of endangered languages. It is classified as being from the Dravidian family of languages, with relations to Brahui and Malto. Kurukh has several dialects; the Oraon and Kisan dialects are mutually intelligible, with Oraon becoming standardized in recent years. Kurux is taught in several Indian states: Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal. The language is written in both the Devanagari script, commonly used for other Indo-Aryan languages, and the alphabetic Tolong Siki script, invented by Dr. Narayan Oraon. Tolong Siki has since been used in publications and became the officially recognized script of Kurux in the state of Jharkhand. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. To download a copy, please contact hello@wikitongues.org. Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/C23K0/

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Kurux [kru]

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