Garhwali language

Garhwali (गढ़वळि, IPA: [gɜɽʱʋɜliˑ], in native pronunciation) is an Indo-Aryan language of the Central Pahari subgroup. It is primarily spoken by over 2.5 million Garhwali people in the Garhwal region of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in the Indian Himalayas.

Garhwali
गढ़वळि
'Garhwali' as spelled in Devanagari.
Native toIndia
RegionGarhwal, Uttarakhand
EthnicityGarhwali
Native speakers
2.5 million (2011)[1]
Official census results conflate some speakers with Hindi.
Devanagari
Language codes
ISO 639-3gbm
Glottologgarh1243
ELPGarhwali

Garhwali has a number of regional dialects.

Garhwali is not an endangered language (Ethnologue lists it as "vigorous"), it is nonetheless designated as "vulnerable" in UNESCO's Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger, which indicates that the language requires consistent conservation efforts.[2]


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