Hindustani language

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Hindustani
Hindi-Urdu
हिन्दुस्तानी   •   ہندوستانی
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Native to India, Pakistan. Various countries through immigration.
Native speakers 240 million[1]  (date missing)
Second language: 165 million (1999)[2]
Total: 490 million (2006)[3]
Language family
Standard forms
Dialects
Khariboli (Dehlavi)
Kauravi
Writing system Perso-Arabic (Urdu alphabet)
Devanagari (Hindi and Urdu alphabets)
Bharati Braille (Hindi and Urdu)
Kaithi (historical)
Official status
Official language in  India (as Hindi and Urdu)
 Pakistan (as Urdu)
Regulated by Central Hindi Directorate (Hindi, India),[4]
National Language Authority, (Urdu, Pakistan);
National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (Urdu, India)[5]
Language codes
ISO 639-1 hi, ur
ISO 639-2 hin, urd
ISO 639-3 Either:
hin – Standard Hindi
urd – Urdu
Linguasphere 59-AAF-qa to -qf

Hindustani is a language. It is made up of the common parts of Hindi and Urdu. Hindi and Urdu have very similar grammar. They also have many words in common.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Standard Hindi: 180 million India (1991). Urdu: 48 million India (1997), 11 million Pakistan (1993). Ethnologue 16.
  2. 120 million Standard Hindi (1999), 45 million Urdu (1999). Ethnologue 16.
  3. BBC: A Guide to Urdu
  4. The Central Hindi Directorate regulates the use of Devanagari script and Hindi spelling in India. Source: Central Hindi Directorate: Introduction
  5. National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language