We briefly introduced this language when we spoke about Nepali.
Both languages have a common root in that they derive from the Indo-Aryan or Indic languages. As a general clarification, these are the languages that are spoken mostly in India. The following may also be associated to this group of languages: Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi and Bahari.
Though Hindi is the official language of India, there are so many languages in the country, spoken by so many people, that they are also recognized as the official languages of other states: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Marathi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
Beyond being spoken in India, Assamese can be heard in Bhutan and Bangladesh.
A few characteristics:
- It is written with an alphabet derived from Gupta script (a syllabic writing system used from the 4th century through the 10th century B.C.). It is similar to the alphabets of Mithilakshar and Bengali.
- It is written from left to right, and top to bottom.
- Grammatically speaking, gender and number are not marked.
- Adding /n/ before a verb in Assamese creates the negative.
A few dialects:
- It is principally divided into eastern and western dialects. Nonetheless, further divisions have been discovered:
- An Eastern group around the district of Sibsagar;
- A central group around the districts of Nagaon, Sonitpur and Morigaon;
- The Kamrupi group in the districts of Kamrup, Nalbari, Barpeta, Darrang, Kokrajhar, y Bongaigaon; the Goalpariya group in the districts of Dhubri y Goalpara and in parts of the districts of Kokrajhar y Bongaigoan.
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