Gujarati language

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Gujarati
ગુજરાતી
Gujarātī
Gujarati Script Sample.svg
"Gujarati" in Gujarati script
Pronunciation Template:IPA-gu
Native to Gujarat
Daman and Diu
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Region Gujarat
Ethnicity Gujaratis
Native speakers
49 million (2007)[1]
Early forms
Gujarati alphabet (Brahmic)
Gujarati Braille
Arabic script
Devanagari (historical)
Official status
Official language in
Gujarat (India)[3]
Daman and Diu (India)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli (India)
Language codes
ISO 639-1 gu
ISO 639-2 guj
ISO 639-3 guj
Glottolog guja1252[4]
Linguasphere 59-AAF-h
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Distribution of native Gujarati speakers in India

Gujarati is an Indo-Aryan language. It is spoken in Gujarat, India and also in neighbouring Pakistan. It was the "mother tongue" of Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. There are millions of Gujaratis who speak it as their first language. Gujarati is the 20th most common language in the United States of America. Mahatma Gandhi, the India's leader, once said about the Gujarati language: "Bad handwriting is a sign of an uncomplete education".

References[change | change source]

  1. Mikael Parkvall, "Världens 100 största språk 2007" (The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007), in Nationalencyklopedin
  2. Ernst Kausen, 2006. Die Klassifikation der indogermanischen Sprachen (Microsoft Word, 133 KB)
  3. Dwyer 1995, p. 5
  4. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Gujarati". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.