Of all the languages spoken in Northern India, Oriya shows the least influence of Persian and Arabic.
However, it shows significant Buddhist and Jain influences.
The language also has loanwords from Persian, Arabic and from the Austronesian languages spoken by the inhabitants of the ancient Kalinga empire whose territory comprised most of the state of Odisha and parts of the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh. Oriya has a strong literary heritage dating back to the 13th century.
Oriya script is an abugida written from left to right.
Initial clusters are rare and mostly consist of a consonant /r/.
The grammar of Oriya is very much like that of other Indo-Aryan languages.
Like all these languages, Oriya is agglutinative, i.e., it adds suffixes to roots to build words and to express grammatical relations.
Nouns Oriya nouns are marked for the following grammatical categories: Most of Oriya’s vocabulary derives from Sanskrit.
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It is spoken as a first language by 32.1 million people most of whom live in the Indian state of Odisha, although there are also significant Oriya-speaking populations in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh (Ethnologue).
Oriya is thought to have descended from a Prakrit spoken in Eastern India over 1,500 years ago.