Kutchi (કચ્છી / ڪڇّي)

Kutchi is an Indo-Aryan language with about 1.1 million speakers mainly in India, and also in Pakistan. There are also some Kutchi speakers in Trinidad and Tobago. In India Kutchi is spoken by about 1 million people mainly in the Kutch area of Gujarat State. There are also Kutchi speakers in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

There are about 50,000 speakers of Kutchi in Sindh province in Pakistan, particularly in Karachi. There are also about 82,000 Kutchi speakers in Kenya, 13,000 Kutchi speakers in Malawi, and some in Tanzania.

Kutchi is also known as Cuchi, Cutch, Kacchi, Kachchhi, Kachchi, Kachi, Katch, Katchi, Kautchy, Kutchchi or Kutchie. It is related to Sindhi and Gujarati. It also contains quite a lot of vocabulary from Sindhi, Gujarati and Rajasthani.

In India Kutchi is written with the Gujarai alphabet, while in Pakistan the Sindhi version of the Perso-Arabic script is used. In 2009 a new script for Kutchi was developed by Dr Rajul Shah more details.

Gujarātī script for Kutchi

Gujarati vowels and vowel diacritics with pa

Sindhi alphabet for Kutchi

Sindhi alphabet for Kutchi

Information about Kutchi alphabets and pronunciation complied by Wolfram Siegel, with corrections by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text

કંડલા ભારત દેશજે આથમણે ભરાજે ગુજરાત રાજ્યજે વિસ્તારમેં સૌથી વડે હેડે કચ્છ જિલ્લેજે ગાંધીધામ શહેર નજીકજો મહત્વજો ને દેશજે પશ્ચિમી ધરિયા કિનારેજો હકડો વડો બંધર આય. હી બંધર અરબ સમંધરજે કિનારે કચ્છજે અખાતમેં ભનેલો આય. દેશજે ભાગલે પોય કરાંચી બંધર પાકિસ્તાનકે સોંપાણો તેથી આથમણે ભારતજે મહત્વજે બંધર સંઈ ઇ. સ. ૧૯૫૦મેં કંડલાજી સ્થાપના કરેમેં આવઈ .

Transliteration

Kaṇḍalā bhārata deśaje āthamaṇe bharāje gujarāta rājyaje vistāramẽ sauthī vaḍe heḍe kaccha jilleje gāndhīdhāma śahera najīkajo mahatvajo ne deśaje paścimī dhariyā kinārejo hakaḍo vaḍo bandhara āya. Hī bandhara araba samandharaje kināre kacchaje akhātamẽ bhanelo āya. Deśaje bhāgale poya karāñcī bandhara pākistānake sompāṇo tethī āthamaṇe bhārataje mahatvaje bandhara sãī i.

Sample text provided by Sammy Silvers

Sample videos in Kutchi

Information about Kutchi | Numbers

Links

Information about Kutchi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kutchi_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/kfr
http://www.kutchimaadu.com/general/kutchi-language/
https://khojawiki.org/Kutchi

Online Kutchi lessons
http://www.panjokutch.com/Learn%20Kutchi/main%20page.htm

Recordings in Kutchi
http://globalrecordings.net/en/language/3922

Indo-Aryan languages

Awadhi, Assamese, Bagri, Bengali, Bhili, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Braj, Chakma, Chhattisgarhi, Chittagonian, Desiya, Dhatki, Dhivehi, Dhundari, Fiji Hindi, Gawar Bati, Gujarati, Hajong, Halbi, Haryanvi, Hindi, Kannauji, Khandeshi, Konkani, Kotia, Kumaoni, Kutchi, Lambadi, Marathi, Marwari, Mewari, Modi, Nimadi, Odia, Parkari Koli, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Rajbanshi, Rangpuri, Rohingya, Saraiki, Sarnámi Hindustani, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sourashtra, Sugali, Sylheti, Tanchangya, Urdu

Languages written with the Gujarati alphabet

Bhili, Gujarati, Kutchi

Languages written with the Arabic alphabet

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