||14,000,000 in Bangladesh (1998 H. Ebersole).
||Chittagong Region. Also spoken in Myanmar.
||Rohinga (Akyab). Not inherently intelligible with Bengali, although considered to be a nonstandard Bengali dialect. A continuum of dialects from north to south, with a larger religious distinction between Muslim and others. An ethnic Bengali Muslim who speaks the Muslim variety of Chittagonian Bengali and was born in Arakan state, Myanmar, is called a 'Rohinga'. The dialect is intelligible to those born in southeastern Bangladesh.
||Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Eastern zone, Bengali-Assamese
||Used for religious instruction in village mosques. Village women without access to TV do not understand Bengali. Many educated people understand some Bengali, but are not comfortable using it. All education is in Standard Bengali.
||Lower literacy rate than most of the country. TV.
||Muslim, Hindu, Christian.