- Rajbanshi language
NABARAJ is an Eastern
Indiclanguage spoken in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
Rajbanshi belongs to the Indo-European language family. According to a 1991 census, it was spoken by 3 million people. [ [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=rjb Ethnologue report] ]
Other names of the language are Kamtapuri, Rajbangsi, Rajbansi, Rajbongshi, Tajpuri.
The main dialects are Western Rajbanshi, Central Rajbanshi, Eastern Rajbanshi and Rajbanshi Hills also known as Koch language.
The central dialect has majority of speakers and is quite uniform. There are publications in this language. The western dialect has more diversity. Lexical similarity is 77% to 89% between the three dialects. But the one spoken in the hills has some influence of the local tribal languages and differs quite a bit from the other three. Rajbanshi also shares 48% to 55% of its vocabulary with Hindi, and 43% to 49% with Nepali.
Notes & References
* [https://oa.doria.fi/handle/10024/33737/asketcho.pdf?sequence=1 A complete reference grammar of the Rajbanshi language]
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