|Native to||Bangladesh, India, Nepal|
|15 million (2007)|
|Eastern Nagari and Devanagari (rarely)|
Official language in
Kamtapuri, Rangpuri or Rajbangshi is a Bengali-Assamese language spoken by the Koch-Rajbonshi people people in India, Rajbanshi and Tajpuria in Nepal, and in Bangladesh. Many are bilingual in either Bengali or Assamese.
Rangpuri goes by numerous names. In Bangladesh, these include Rangpuri, Bahe Bangla, Ancholit Bangla, Kamta, Polia. In India, there is Kamtapuri, Dutta, Rajbangsi, Rajbansi, Rajbanshi, Rajbongshi, Goalparia, surjapuri, Koch Rajbanshi. Another name of the language is Tajpuri. In Assam it is known as Kochrajbongshi and Goalparia (which is also known as Deshi bhasha and Uzani). In Bihar it is known as Surjapuri.
The main dialects are Western Rajbanshi, Central Rajbanshi, and Eastern Rajbanshi.
The Central dialect has the majority of speakers and is quite uniform. There are publications in this language. The Western dialect has more diversity. Lexical similarity is 77 to 89% between the three dialects. Rajbonshi shares 48 to 55% of its vocabulary with Assamese and Bengali and 43 to 49% with Maithili and Nepali.
Comparison with Kamtapuri, Bengali, Assamese and Sylheti language
|I do||Muĩ kôrû||Môi kôrû||Ami kôri||Mui/Ami xori|
|I am doing||Muĩ kôri asu||Môi kôri asû||Ami kôrchi||Mui/Ami xoriar/xorram|
|I did||Muĩ koresilu||Môi kôrisilû||Ami kôrêchilam||Mui/Ami xorsilam|
|I was doing||Moĩ kôri asilu||Môi kôri asilû||Ami kôrchilam||Mui/Ami xorat aslam|
|I will do||Moĩ kôrim||Môi kôrim||Ami kôrbo||Mui/Ami xormu|
|I will be doing||Moĩ kôri thakim||Môi kôri thakim||Ami kôrtê thakbo||Mui/Ami xorat táxmu|
- Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices
- Kamta/Rangpuri at Ethnologue (21st ed., 2018)
Rajbanshi at Ethnologue (21st ed., 2018)
Kayort at Ethnologue (21st ed., 2018)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Rangpuri". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Rajbanshi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Toulmin, Mathew W S (2006). Reconstructing linguistic history in a dialect continuum: The Kamta, Rajbanshi, and Northern Deshi Bangla subgroup of Indo-Aryan (Ph.D.). The Australian National University.
|Kamtapuri language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|