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Chenchu language is a Dravidian language which belongs to the Telugu branch of its South-Central family. This language is spoken mostly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India by about 28,754 people (1981 census) of the Chenchu Aboriginal forests hunter-gatherer tribe. It is also called Chenchukulam, Chenchwar, Chenswar or Choncharu.

Native toIndia
RegionAndhra Pradesh (highest concentration in Kurnool district, Prakasam district, Guntur district), Telangana, Karnataka and Orissa
EthnicityChenchu people
Native speakers
26,000 (2007)[1]
Telugu alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3cde


  1. ^ Chenchu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chenchu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.