Chittagonian

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A language of Bangladesh

Alternate Names
Chatgaiyan Buli, Chatgaya, Chittagonian Bengali
Population

13,000,000 (2006 SIL).

Location

Chittagong region.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Not inherently intelligible with Bengali [ben], although considered a nonstandard Bengali dialect. Dialects form a continuum from north to south, with a larger religious distinction between Muslim and others. Rohingya [rhg] in Myanmar is similar to the southern dialect of Chittagonian. Lexical similarity: 43%–64% with Bangla [ben].

Language Use

Home, family, religion. Village women without access to TV do not understand Bengali [ben]. Educated people understand Bengali. Education is in standard Bengali. 60% are bilingual in Bengali.

Language Development
Lower literacy rate than most of the country. TV.
Writing
Arabic script. Latin script.
Other Comments

Muslim, Hindu, Christian.