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13 million (2006)|
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|Eastern Nagari script, Latin script, Arabic Script|
Chittagonian or Chittagong Bangla, also Chatgaya (চাঁটগাঁইয়া) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the people of Chittagong in Bangladesh, and in much of the southeast of the country. It is closely related to Bengali and is often considered to be a nonstandard dialect of Bengali, but the two are not mutually intelligible. It is estimated (2009) that Chittagonian has 13–16 million speakers, principally in Bangladesh.
Chittagonian is a member of the Bengali-Assamese sub-branch of the Eastern group of Indo-Aryan languages, a branch of the wider Indo-European language family. Its sister languages include Sylheti, Rohingya, Chakma, Assamese, and Bengali. Like other Bengali-Assamese languages, it is derived through an Eastern Middle Indo-Aryan from Old Indo-Aryan, and ultimately from Proto-Indo-European.
The Eastern Nagari script is the most common script used.
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- Ethnologue (2005). "Chittagonian, a language of Bangladesh".
|Chittagonian language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|
Media related to Chittagonian language at Wikimedia Commons
|Wikivoyage has an entry for Chittagonian phrasebook.|