Chakma

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A language of Bangladesh

Alternate Names
Sakma, Sangma, Takam
Population

150,000 in Bangladesh (2007). Population total all countries: 326,000.

Location

Southeast, Chittagong Hills area, and Chittagong city. Also in India, Myanmar.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Chakma of India [ccp] understand Bangladesh Chakma with difficulty. Some dialect variation within Myanmar. Lexical similarity: 58%–67% with Tanchangya [tnv].

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Educated and most men also use Bengali [ben].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 70%. Literacy rate in L2: 70%. NT: 1926–1991.
Writing
Bengali script. Chakma script, no longer in use. Latin script.
Other Comments

Buddhist, Christian.

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