Mandeali is a member of the North-Western branch of the Western Pahari group of Indo-Aryan languages. It is spoken by about 623,000 people in northern India, particularly in the city of Mandi in the Mandi district of central Himachal Pradesh state. It is considered by UNESCO as definitely endangered, as relatively few children are learning it.
Mandeali is also known as Mandi, Mandiali, Mandyali, Pahari, Himachali or Pahari Mandiyali. It is closely related to Kangri, Chambeali and other languages of Himachal Pradesh.
Mandeali is written with the Devanagari alphabet. In the past it was written with a version of the Takri script. It is classified by the Indian government as a dialect of Hindi, and some people call it a dialect of Punjabi or Dogri.
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