Lambani or Goar-boali, also called Banjari, is a language spoken by the once nomadic Banjara people across India and it belongs to Indo-Aryan group of languages. The language does not have a native script.
|Ethnicity||Lambaniies, Banjara, Gormati|
|6 million (2004)
Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi.
Official language in
|No official status|
The language is known by various other names, including Lamani, Lamadi, Lambani, Labhani, Lambara, Lavani, Lemadi, Lumadale, Labhani Muka and variants, Banjara, Banjari, Bangala, Banjori, Banjuri, Brinjari, and variants, Gohar-Herkeri, Goola, Gurmarti, Gormati, Kora, Singali, Sugali, Sukali, Tanda.
Regional dialects are divided between the Banjara of Maharashtra (written in Devanagari), Karnataka (written in the Kannada script) Tamil Nadu and Telangana (written in the Telugu script). Speakers are bilingual in either Telugu, Kannada, or Marathi.
- Lambani at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
- "Census of India: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues –2001". censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Lambani". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Naik, Dhansing B. (2000). The Art and Literature of Banjara Lambanis: A Socio-cultural Study. New Delhi: Abhinav Prakashan. p. 10. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
- Boopathy, S. Investigation & report in: Chockalingam, K., Languages of Tamil Nadu: Lambadi: An Indo-Aryan Dialect (Census of India 1961. Tamil Nadu. Volume ix)
- Trail, Ronald L. 1970. The Grammar of Lamani.