Rajbanshi language

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Rangpuri
Rajbangshi, Kamatapuri[1][2]
রংপুরী, রাজবংশী, কামতাপুরী,
কোচ ৰাজবংশী, राजबंशी
Rajbongshi Rangpuri Kamatapuri.png
Rajbongshi, Rangpuri, Kamatapuri in Bengali
Koch Rajbongshi in Assamese
Rajbanshi in Devanagari
Native toBangladesh, India
RegionBangladesh, India
EthnicityRajbanshi
Native speakers
15 million (2007)[3]
Bengali-Assamese script,[4] Devanagari script
Official status
Official language in
 India
Language codes
ISO 639-3rkt
Glottolograng1265

Kamtapuri or Rajbanshi or Kamatapuri is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Sources disagree about how many people speak it. A 1991 census said it was spoken by 5 million people.[6] It is a Bengali-Assamese language spoken by the Rajbongshi people in India and Bangladesh. Many are bilingual in either Bengali or Assamese. Together with Rajbanshi, it forms the KRNB lects.

This is the native language of people of Cooch Behar, Lower Assam, Jalpaiguri, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Terrai of Darjeeling, Upper Maldah, a portion of Bihar, some parts of Bhutan, Bangladesh & Nepal.

Other names of the language are Rajbangsi, Rajbansi, Rajbanshi, Tajpuri, Surjyapuri, Kamrupi, Deshi Bhasha. Recently, "Kamtapuri Bhasha Academy" (2017) is formed by West Bengal Government.

References[change | change source]

  1. Simons, Gary F; Fennig, Charles D, eds. (2018). Ethnologue: Languages of the World (21st ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International.
  2. (Toulmin 2009:5–7)
  3. Rangpuri at Ethnologue (21st ed., 2018)
  4. Toulmin 2009, p. 72f, 89
  5. PTI (28 February 2018). "Kamtapuri, Rajbanshi, Rangpuri make it to list of official languages in Bengal". Outlook India. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  6. Ethnologue report