Bishnupriya

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bishnupria Manipuri, Bishnupuriya, Bisna Puriya
Population

77,500 in India (2001 census). Population total all countries: 117,500.

Location

Assam, Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj districts; north Tripura. Also in Bangladesh.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Madai Gang (Leimanai), Rajar Gang (Ningthaunai). Related to Bengali [ben], Assamese [asm]. Though once regarded as a Bengali-Meitei creole, it retains pre-Bengali features (Masica 1991). Lexical similarity: 81%–85% between dialects in Bangladesh, 41%–45% with Bengali [ben].

Typology

SOV; postpositions, articles before noun heads, question word before the verb, affixes indicate case of noun phrase; CV, CVC, CVV, CCV, VC, VCV; nontonal

Language Use

Also use Bengali [ben].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 80%. Taught in primary schools, in Tripura. Poetry. Radio programs. Videos. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1995.
Writing
Bengali script.
Other Comments

Reported to also live in three villages in Myanmar but these villages cannot be identified. Hindu.

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