Jarawa is a member of the Ongan language family spoken in the southern Andaman Islands, a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Union territory of India. There are Jarawa speakers in central and southern parts of Rutland island, and on South Andaman and Middle Andaman islands.
In 2012 there were 340 speakers of Jarawa, which is also known as Jarwa or Järawa. The Jarawa call themselves and their language Aong ("people"). The name Jarawa comes from the Aka-Bea, their traditional enemies, and means "foreigners" or "dark stranger".
Jarawa is an unwritten language, however there are possible ways to write it with the Latin and Devanagari alphabets.
चोनऺ टेकाच्येब॑डेट ङि ल॑क ईनेन॑डि वाचाड्डड टि ऊन॑ नड्डऺम्। चोनऺ अ॑च॑ल्लऺ लिका॑ह॑ड टीयूटऺ। लि टूमाल॑, तऺल्लेव इय्य। ङि तऺल्लेव एॅवाटाल॑ आङ॑ तीत। ङि लिका॑ह॑ड चाल्लाहऺ।
coone teekaacyeebმḍeeṭa nii lმka iineenმḍi vaacaaḍḍaḍa ṭi uunმ naḍḍem. coone მcმlle likმმhმḍa ṭiiyuuṭe. li ṭuumaalმ , telleva iyya. ni telleeva evaaṭaalმ , aaṅმ tiita. ni likმმhმḍa caallaahe.
For collecting banana you need not go there, the non-tribal area. Banana suckers are planted here. They will grow and give forth fruits. You can pluck, eat and remain in this place only.
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