The nation of India has 22 recognized languages, with different languages being most spoken in specific states, territories, or regions. Marathi is the official language of the state of Maharashtra, with nearly 75 million speakers all over the world. According to Wikipedia, Marathi is India’s fourth most spoken language in the country, and one of the languages spoken in neighboring regions of Daman and Diu, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli.
Like most other languages, Marathi has several dialects and sub-dialects based on the speaker’s native region (and in some cases occupation or religion). The major dialects include Standard and Warhadi Marathi, and sub-dialects include Ahiradi, Dangi, Vadvaldi, Samavedi, Khandeshi, and Malwani. The nation of India is not the only home to Marathi; there are currently sizable populations of speakers in the United States, Canada, Mauritius, and Israel as well.
Standard Marathi, the dialect most spoken, has several sub-dialects also. Many are only spoken in small geographic or demographic areas, and some of these sub-dialects are only spoken outside of India. They include:
- Jhadi Boli
- Southern Indian Marathi
- Deshestha Marathi
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