110,000,000 in Bangladesh (2001 census). 250,000,000 including L2 speakers. Population total all countries: 193,263,700.
West. Also in Canada, India, Malawi, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1972, Constitution, Article 3).
SOV; postpositions; noun head both initial and final; 3 genders: male, female, neuter; content q-word initial and final; clause constituents indicated by case-marking and word order; tense; passives and voice; tonal; 35 consonant and 5 vowel phonemes