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Read here: Interesting facts about the Assamese language

Did you know that Assamese or the Asamiya language has rich oral tradition which include beautiful folk songs, religious hymns, pastoral ballads and stories for children

Does language fascinate you? India is home to so many languages. So many dialects. If we start talking about the history of each Indian language, recognised by the constitution or otherwise, it will take us more than a lifetime. If you are here on this site, I am more than sure you are looking to learn an Indian language or curious about one. How about starting with the Assamese language- the state language of Assam? Let’s talk about some interesting facts about the Assamese language.

1) Assamese is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the state of Assam and some parts of North Eastern States, like Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

2) The Assamese script constitutes of 12 vowel graphemes and 52 consonant graphemes.

3) There was a time when Magadhi Prakrit was the spoken language in the whole of eastern India. Magadhi Script is one of the various Prakrit languages that originated from Sanskrit. Slowly, Magadhi Prakrit took the form of Magadhi Apabhransha. Before the 10th century, due to the geographical differences, Assamese in Assam, Bengali in Bengal, and Odiya in Orissa - these three languages started to take their form.

4) It was in the 13th century that a very clear form of Assamese literature came into being, when Hema Saraswati composed the poem, “Prahlad Charitra,” at the courts of the Kamata Kingdom.

5) It was the Vaishnava Saint Srimanta Sankardeva who triggered the renaissance of the Assamese language in the 15th century.

6) In 1960, Assamese was recognised as the official state language of Assam.

7) Assamese uses the Assamese script, which is a variant of the Eastern Nagari Script.

8) It’s the natives of Assam like the Bodos and Kacharis who have influenced the Assamese language's vocabulary, phonology, and grammar.

9) Over 23 million people speak the Assamese language. 

10) The first book to be printed in Assamese was the Bible by Atmaram Sarma at the initiative of the Baptist Missionary, William Carey, in 1813. 

So these are some of the interesting facts about the Assamese language. If you know a few more, write in the comment sections.

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