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Two Unknown Languages Walmiki and Malhar Discovered

Published on April 09, 2018
Prof Panchanan Mohanty of the University of Hyderabad has discovered two unknown languages called Walmiki and Malhar. Mohanty who is a professor of linguistics discovered the languages hidden from linguists.

Two Unknown Languages Walmiki and Malhar Discovered

About Walmiki and Malhar

  • Walmiki and is spoken in the district of Koraput of Odisha and on the bordering districts of Andhra Pradesh. The analysis showed that the language is an “isolate”, and does not belong to a particular family of languages, The speech community claims descent from the great Indian saint-poet Valmiki”
  • Malhar is spoken in a remote and isolated hamlet about 165 km away from Bhubaneswar. Malhar belonged to the “North Dravidian subgroup of the Dravidian family of languages” and that it has close affinities with the other North Dravidian languages like Malto and Kurux spoken in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar. Though less than 100 speak the language Malhar, they are very fluent as they live completely detached from the Odia speaking neighbours. They survive on daily labour and collections from the nearby forest, sayd Mohanty. 

Who discovered Walmiki and Malhar?

The discovery has been made and announced by Panchanan Mohanty of the Centre for Endangered Languages and Mother Tongue Studies at the UoH. He has collected data, did a preliminary analysis and published a paper in the proceedings of the XX Annual Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages, UK.

Expected Questions

Name the professor who discovered the languages Walmiki and Malhar?
a. Pardeep Desai
b. Pratap Raj
c. Pushkar Nand
d. Prem Nath Goyal
e. Panchanan Mohanty.

Which of the following two languages has been recently discovered by Prof. Pancham Mohanty?
a. Monpa and Lushai
b. Walmiki and Malhar
c. Bhiri and Halbi
d. Thar and Lamani
e. Bodo and Chiru
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