178,200,000 in Bangladesh, all users. L1 users: 159,000,000 (2015). L2 users: 19,200,000 (2011 census). Total users in all countries: 261,517,930 (as L1: 242,315,050; as L2: 19,202,880).
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 (5 cases) and word order; verb affixes mark person, number; definite article affix; tense; passives and voice; causatives; comparatives; non-tonal; 35 consonant and 5 vowel phonemes; stress on first syllable.