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Bengali alphabet, pronunciation and language (516 words)
The Bengali alphabet is derived from the Brahmi alphabet.
The former is the traditional literary style based on Middle Bengali of the sixteenth century, while the later is a 20th century creation and is based on the speech of educated people in Calcutta.
The Bengali alphabet is a syllabic alphabet in which consonants all have an inherent vowel which has two different pronunciations, the choice of which is not always easy to determine and which is sometimes not pronounced at all.
Bengali (128 words)
BENGALI - The national language of Bangladesh is spoken by nearly 200,000,000 worldwide.
Bengali belongs to the easternmost branch, called Aryan or Indo-Iranian, of the Indo-European family of languages.
Sanskrit was the spoken as well as the literary language of Aryandom until circa 500 B.C., after which it remained for nearly two thousand years the dominant literary languages as well as the lingua franca among the cultured and the erudite throughout the subcontinent.
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