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Assamese Language

A popular eastern Indo-Aryan language, Assamese is primarily spoken in the north eastern state of Assam in India, where it also happens to be the official language. Assamese has over 13 million native speakers.

It is also spoken by minor groups in other north eastern states of the country, such as Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, etc. Based on Assamese, Arunchal Pradesh gets its fundamental language called Nefamese. Similarly, Nagaland gets Nagamese. There are many speakers of Assamese in the neighboring country of Bangladesh as well.

The origin of Assamese has its roots from an era as early as the 7th century AD. Like other popular Indian languages, Assamese too gets its elements from Vedic Sanskrit and Prakrit. Languages like Bengali, Bihari, Odia, etc, are known to be the sister languages of Assamese.

The modern variant of Assamese uses the Assamese script as well as Kamrupi script that had descended from Gupta script. Assamese is closely related to both Bengali and Maithli languages. Assamese has many dialects, broadly categorized under regional and non-regional dialects.

While some of the regional dialects include Eastern group, Central Group, etc, the non-regional dialects mainly comprise of Standard dialect as well as Bhakatiya dialect.

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