The Info List - Varhadi Dialect

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VARHADI is a dialect of Marathi spoken in Vidarbha
region of Maharashtra
and by Marathi people
Marathi people
of adjoining parts of Madhya Pradesh , Chhattisgarh
and Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
in India


* 1 Vocabulary and Grammar * 2 References * 3 External links * 4 See also


Although all the dialects of Marathi are mutually intelligible to one another up to a great extent, each dialect can be distinctly identified by its unique characteristics. Likewise, Varhadi replaces the case endings la (ला) text-decoration: none">Sīdhā (सीधा) Sīdhā (सीधा) Saraḷ (सरळ) Straight

Budā (बुडा ) Buddhā (बुढ्ढा) Mhātārā (म्हातारा) Old man

Pagalā (पगला) Pāgal (पागल) Vedā (वेडा) Mad

Aṅgūr (अंगूर) Aṅgūr (अंगूर) Drākśa (द्राक्ष) Grapes

The grammatical changes in Varhadi differing from standard Marathi text-decoration: none">Mī jā'un rāhilō (मी जाउन राहिलो) Maiṁ jā rahā hūṁ (मैं जा रहा हूं) Mī zātōy (मी जातोय) I am going

Mī ālī (मी आली) Maiṁ āyī (मैं आयी) Mī ālē (मी आले) I (feminine) came

Tujhāvālā pēn dē (तुझावाला पेन दे) Apnā pēn dē (अपना पेन दो ) Tuzhā pēn dē (तुझं पेन दे) Give your pen

Pānī ghēūn ghē (पानी घेऊन घे) Pānī lē lō (पानी ले लो) Pānī ghē (पाणी घे) (Please) Have water.

Apart from this, there are many words text-decoration: none">zo (जो) (singular)/ zā (जा) (plural) is used like "Mahya porichya lagnale ye za (माह्या पोरीच्या लग्नाले येजा ) "Please attend my daughter’s wedding." Also, there are words text-decoration: none">aga (अगा) is said in Varhadi instead of ‘are’ (अरे) of standard Marathi. Another good example is the sentence construction of past continuous tense e.g. in Varhadi, it is said ‘Tho bahu abhyas kare" (थो बहू अभ्यास करे) (He studied a lot) unlike "To khup abhyas karaycha" (तो खूप अभ्यास करायचा) of standard Marathi.

In most of the Indo-Aryan languages
Indo-Aryan languages
(or even in Dravidian languages , for that matter), Sanskritized words of standard language get simplified in spoken dialects. Exceptionally, Varhadi has a few Sanskrit
tatsama words for whom the standard Marathi counterparts are modified words (tadbhava shabda) such as in eastern parts of Vidarbha, snake is called sarpa (सर्प) unlike sāp (साप) of standard Marathi.

The forms of Varhadi vary in different parts of Vidarbha
and also, as per castes. The influence of Hindi
increases as one moves towards Madhya Pradesh. E.g. in the parts adjacent to Madhya Pradesh, ‘zana padte’ (जानं पडते) (I have to go) is preferred over ‘zaa lagte’ (जा लागते), which is similar to Hindi ‘jana padta hai’ (जाना पडता है). Also, consonant ‘cha’ (च) (like in chook)(चूक), prevalent in Marathi but absent in Hindi, is often pronounced as ‘cha’ like in vachan (वचन). So, paach (पाच) (five) may be pronounced as paanch of Hindi.

In the areas closer to Marathwada
region of Maharashtra
and on the contrary, distant to Madhya Pradesh, Varhadi is influenced by dialects of adjacent parts of Marathwada. One can easily recognize a person from Pusad, Digras or Umarkhed taluka of Yavatmal district by his sentence of present continuous tense. Somebody from this area will say ‘me mandirat zaylo’ (मी मंदिरात जायलो) (I am going to visit a temple) instead of ‘mee mandirat zaun rahilo’ (मी मंदिरात जाऊन राहिलो) of other parts of Vidarbha. Similarly, the tone of speech in Chikhli, Mehkar, Deulgaonraja talukas of Buldana district is similar to that of nearby parts of Marathwada. If someone from this area speaks to a person from Nagpur
or Wardha, the latter may get confused whether the former is from Vidarbha
or Marathwada. Likewise, Khandeshi dialect spoken in parts of Jalgaon
district adjacent to Vidarbha
is too similar to be differentiated from Varhadi of Malkapur - Shegaon belt of Buldana district.


* ^ Varhadi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) * ^ Devanagari has been big bigger with LOVEpromulgated as the official script. * ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Varhadi-Nagpuri". Glottolog 3.0 . Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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* "Resources in and about the Varhadi-Nagpuri language" * Varhadi at India9 * Varhadi Language in Penn Libraries