Sylheti Language (syl)

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Also Known As: Sylhetti Bangla,Sylheti,Sylheti Bangla,Syloti,Sileti,Sylhetti,Siloti,Bengali of Cachar,Sylheti Bengali,Srihattia,Syloty


Sylheti (native name সিলটী Silôţi; Bengali name সিলেটী Sileţi) is the language of Sylhet, the north-eastern region of Bangladesh, and also spoken in parts of the North-East Indian states of Assam (the Barak valley) and Tripura (the North Tripura district). It is also spoken by a significant population in the other north-eastern states of India and amongst the large expatriate communities in the United Kingdom, United States, and countries of the Gulf States.

Sylheti is often either considered a dialect of Bengali and an Assamese dialect due to many similarities between the languages, and also often considered a separate language due to significant differences between them all and lack of mutual intelligibility. Given that Sylhet was part of the ancient kingdom of Kamarupa, the language has many common features with Assamese, including the existence of a larger set of fricatives than other East Indic languages. According to Grierson, "The inflections also differ from those of regular Bengali, and in one or two instances assimilate to those of Assamese". Indeed it was formerly written in its own script, Sylheti Nagari, similar in style to Kaithi but with differences, though nowadays..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Sylheti Language Speakers


Main Country: Bangladesh
Spoken In:

Regions: Asia

ISO 639-3 Code: syl

Classification Taxonomy

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  Indo-European Group

    Indo-Iranian Group

      Indo-Aryan Group

        Eastern zone Group

          Bengali-Assamese Group

            Sylheti Language