Indo-Aryan languages

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South Asia
Linguistic classification:Indo-European
ISO 639-2 and 639-5:inc
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Geographical distribution of the major Indo-Aryan languages. (Urdu is not shown because it is mainly a lingua franca with no prevalence as a first language. The traditionally migratory Romani, Domari, and Lomavren languages are also not shown).

The Indo-Aryan languages are a branch of Indo-Iranian languages. They are mostly spoken in Southern Asia, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bangladesh. However, some are also spoken in other places, such as Europe. The Indo-Aryan languages come from a common ancient ancestor, Proto-Indo-Aryan, and today include many modern languages like Marathi, Odia, Hindustani (including modern Hindi and Urdu), Romani,[1] Domari,[2] Lomavren,[3] Rohingya language[4] Prakrit [5] and Sanskrit, which is the sacred language of Hindus.

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  • Morgenstierne, Georg. "Early Iranic Influence upon Indo-Aryan." Acta Iranica, I. série, Commemoration Cyrus. Vol. I. Hommage universel (1974): 271-279.

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