Malwai

Malwai is a dialect of Punjabi language spoken in the Malwa region of Punjab. Major Malwai speaking centers are Firozpur, Fazilka, Faridkot, Muktsar, Moga, Bathinda, Barnala, Mansa districts and Jagraon, Raikot and Ludhiana (West) tehsils of Ludhiana district. In Pakistan, it is spoken in Bahawalnagar and Vehari districts of Punjab. Although the characteristic distinction among the various dialects of Punjabi language lies in the speech pattern, the following peculiarities in vocabulary are observed: Also, in contrast with Majhi dialect, ‘ਹ’ is not tonal. Exceptions are encountered when ‘ਹ’ is not followed by a schwa ending or a vowel sound, as in, ਕਹਿਣਾ, ਰਹਿ, ਘਾਹ.