Koya language

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Koya (also Koi, Koi Gondi, Kavor, Koa, Koitar, Koyato, Kaya, Koyi, Raj Koya) is a South Central Dravidian language of the Kui-Gondi subgroup.It is variously written in the Oriya, Telugu, Devanagari or Roman script. With 270,994 registered native speakers, it figures at rank 37 in the 1991 Indian census.

Koya is the language spoken by tribal community in Integrated Tribal Development Agency(ITDA), Bhadrachalam in Khammam District; ITDA, Rampachodavaram, East Godavari District; ITDA, Kotaramachndrapuram, West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. Apart from that there are Koyas in Chattisgarh State. Koya language is a dialect of Gondi language which is spoken in Adilabad district in Andhra Pradesh and in Gondwana region of Central India.There are textbooks developed in Koya language under Mother Tongue based Multilingual Education Programme by Government of Andhra Pradesh and implemented in 50 primary schools in Koya habitations.

The linguists associated with Rajiv Vidya Mission are in the process of developing dictionary in Koya language. Dr.Reddy's Foundation the charitable wing of well known pharma company Dr.Reddy's Laboratories has also developed some story books, Primers, etc. in the Koya language.

The people of Koya tribe speak a language called Koi(/kɔɪ/) or Koya (/kɔːjə/). Though the origins of Koya community are still unknown, they are said to be the members of the great Gond community of Dravidian family. So Koya language is considered to be a dialect of Gond...
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