Sylheti

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A language of Bangladesh

Alternate Names
Sileti, Siloti, Srihattia, Sylhetti, Sylhetti Bangla, Syloti, Syloty
Population

7,000,000 in Bangladesh. L2 users: 1,500,000 in Bangladesh. Total users in all countries: 11,800,000 (as L1: 10,300,000; as L2: 1,500,000).

Location

Sylhet division: Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj, and Sylhet districts.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Assamese [asm]. Lexical similarity: 70% with Bengali [ben].

Language Use

All ages. Also use Bengali [ben], primarily men. Bengali used in education and media. Used as L2 by Meitei [mni], War-Jaintia [aml].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 35%. Educated can read Bengali [ben]. Few women are educated. Bible portions: 1993.
Writing

Bengali script [Beng]. Latin script [Latn]. Syloti Nagri script [Sylo], no longer in use.

Other Comments

Muslim, Hindu.

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