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Bundeli sounds like Hindi but is considerably different. Bundeli has a large number of original words, as well as adopted forms of words from Sanskrit and to some extent, from Persian, Arabic and English as well.

Phonologically, Bundeli’s most quickly recognised feature is the lengthening of the final syllable. `Chakki’ in Hindi becomes `chakiya’; `laddu’ becomes `ladua’; `khat’ becomes `khatiya’.

Nasalised sounds are prominent; `jaise’ of Hindi becomes `jaisen’ in Bundeli.

Bundeli is a language with a rich tradition. It has been in existence at least from 12th century AD onwards, has its own learning texts, and has a body of oral and written poetic literature.

Bundeli is also encountered in some novels and plays as part of dialogue. A Bundeli version of the New Testament was produced.

Bundeli is spoken outside Bundelkhand also—in parts of Agra and Etawah districts of UP;  Morena, Shivpuri, Guna and Betul and Durg districts of MP, and even parts of Chandrapur, Buldhana and Akola districts of Maharashtra.

However, with the spread of modern Hindi, Bundeli enjoys considerably reduced space.

Many educated speakers, especially from the upper castes, prefer modern Hindi. Most printed literature produced from the Bundeli-speaking region is also in Hindi. There is no large newspaper in Bundeli. There are no television serials or films in Bundeli.


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