World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Sylheti language

Article Id: WHEBN0000567679
Reproduction Date:

Title: Sylheti language  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: British Bangladeshi, Assamese language, Sylheti Nagari, Sylhet Division, Languages of Bangladesh
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Sylheti language

Sylheti
ছিলটী Ssilôṭi
Native to Bangladesh (Sylhet Division) and India (Barak Valley and Tripura)
Native speakers
11 million  (2007)[1]
Bengali alphabet (present)
Sylheti Nagari (ancient)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 syl
Glottolog sylh1242[2]
Linguasphere 59-AAF-ui

Sylheti or Syloti (সিলেটী Sileṭi or ছিলটী Ssilôṭi) is one of the considered Bengali dialects, primarily spoken in the Sylhet Division of Bangladesh and the Barak Valley region of southern Assam. (Although sometimes it is considered an independent language for not sharing grammatical mutual intelligibility), it is a similar language to Standard Bengali, with which it shares a high proportion of vocabulary: Spratt and Spratt (1987) report 70% shared vocabulary, while Chalmers (1996) reports at least 80% overlap.

Name of the language

Sylheti is the common English spelling of the language name after the accepted British spelling of the Sylhet District, while the usual transliteration of the Standard Bengali spelling of the name is Sileti.

History

SAMPLE TEXT:
Front page of a Nagari book titled "Halot-un-Nobi", written in the mid-19th century by Sadeq Ali of Sylhet

In the 19th century, the British tea-planters in the area referred to the Sylheti language as Sylhettia.[3] In Assam, the language is still referred to as Srihattiya, the name used in ancient literature.[4] The Sylheti language was written in the Sylheti Nagari script, which is not widely known.[5][6] Sylhet has a rich heritage of literature in Sylheti Nagari, going back at least 200 years.[7] The script includes 5 independent vowels, 5 dependent vowels attached to a consonant letter and 27 consonants. The Sylheti abugida differs from the Bengali alphabets as it is a form of Kaithi, a script that belongs to the main group of North Indian scripts of Bihar.[7] The writing system's main use was to record religious poetry, described as a rich language and easy to learn.[8]

In the 1860s, a Sylheti by the name of Moulvi Abdul Karim[9][10] spent several years in Europe and learnt the printing trade. After returning home, he designed a woodblock type for Sylheti Nagari and founded the Islamia Press in Sylhet Town in about 1870. Other Sylheti presses were established in Sunamganj, Shillong and Kolkata. These presses fell out of use during the early 1970s. Since then the Syloti-Nagri alphabet has been used mainly by linguists and academics.[11] During the 1971 Liberation War, when all Sylheti Nagari printing presses were destroyed, the writing system came to a halt. After Bangladesh gained independence, the government of the newly formed Bangladesh mandated Bengali language studies and the use of the Bengali alphabets as curricula to be taught at all levels of education. Efforts to establish Sylheti as a modern language were vigorously opposed by political and cultural forces allied to successive Bangladeshi governments.[12]

Campaigns started to rise in domestic language within the hamlet. This fact is being recognised by Tower Hamlets Council in the provision of local services in the community.[13]

Sylheti variation from Standard Bengali

Vocabulary look

A phrase in:

  • Syloti: এক দেশর গালি আরক দেশর বুলি êx deshôr gali arôx deshôr buli
  • Standard Bengali: এক দেশের গালি আরেক দেশের বুলি êk desher gali arek desher buli

which means "a phrase in one language mislead a phrase to another language". For example:

মেঘ megh in Standard Bengali means cloud

  • মেঘ megh in Syloti means rain
  • In Pali মেঘ megh means both rain and cloud.
  • In Syloti cloud is called বাদল badôl or আছমানী হাজ ashmani haz (decor of the sky).
  • In Standard Bengali বাদল badôl and বৃষ্টি brishti means Rain.

নাড়া naṛa in Standard Bengali means to stir or to move

  • নাড়া naṛa in Syloti means to cheer

Grammar look

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

  • In Syloti:
    সকল মানষর জন্ম হয় আজাদ আর ইজ্জত ও অধিকার লইয়া। তারার হুশ আর জ্ঞাণ-বুদ্ধি তাকার দায় যানু একজন আরকজনর লগে রুহানি ভাইট্টা ব্যবহার তাকে।
    • Transliteration Xôkhôl mainshôr zônmô ħoe azad ar izzôt o ôdikhar lôia. Tarar hush ar ggan-buddhi taxar dae zanu êxzôn arôxzônôr lôge ruhani bhaitta bêbôhar taxe.
  • In Standard Bengali:
    সমস্ত মানুষ স্বাধীনভাবে সমান মর্যাদা এবং অধিকার নিয়ে জন্মগ্রহণ করে। তাঁদের বিবেক এবং বুদ্ধি আছে; সুতরাং সকলেরই একে অপরের প্রতি ভ্রাতৃত্বসুলভ মনোভাব নিয়ে আচরণ করা উচিৎ।
    • Transliteration Sômôstô manush sbadhinbhabe sôman môrzada ebông ôdhikar niye jônmôgrôhôn kôre. Tãder bibek ebông buddhi achhe; sutôrang sôkôleri êke ôpôrer prôti bhratritbôsulôbh mônobhab niye achôrôn kôra uchit.

Below are the grammar similarities and differences look in a word to word comparison:

  • Syloti word-to-word gloss:
    All humans' born are free and dignity plus rights with. Their conscious and judgement-intelligence have obligation ensure one another's with spiritual brotherhood conduct stay.
  • Bengali word-to-word gloss:
    All human free-manner-in equal dignity and right taken birth-take do. Their reason and intelligence exist; therefore everyone-indeed one another's towards brotherhood-ly attitude taken conduct do should.

Phonology

Syloti is distinguished by a wide range of fricative consonants corresponding to aspirated consonants in closely related languages and dialects such as Bengali; a lack of the breathy voiced stops; word-final stress; and a relatively large set of loanwords from Arabic, Persian, Bengali and Assamese. Syloti has affected the course of Standard Bengali in the rest of the state.

A notable characteristic of spoken Sylheti is the correspondence of the /x/, pronounced from [x] like the "ch" in Scottish "Loch" or the "j" in Latin American Spanish "Jalapeño", to the [ʃ], or "sh", of Bengali, e.g.

Standard Bengali Syloti Transliteration Meaning in English
চরণ স্পর্শ
Côrôṇ spôrshô
খদম বচি
Xôdôm bôci
Khodom bosi Touch the feet (A welcome/farewell ritual)
ঢাকা
Dhākā
ঢাকা
Dhāxā
Ḍakha Dhaka
এক লোক Ēk lōk এক মানুষ Ēx mānūsh Ēkh manoosh A person
Ek jon Ex zon Ekh zon Someone
Ek Puruṣh Ex Beṭa Ekh Beṭa A man
Kiser: kīser Xixor Kior Informal of Whereof
Konya; meye Xonia; Zi Khonia; Zi Daughter
Manob Jatiyo Manshor zat Manshor zat Human-kind
Oshomīya Axomia Ahomia People of Assam (Assamese)
Onguli; ongul Anguil Anguil Finger; toe
Onguri Anguti; angti Angti Finger-ring
Ognipokko Agunfura Agunfura Baked; grilled
Oshidharī Axaidri Ahaidri Swordsman
Osur; Osuro Axura; Axura Ahura; Hurain People of Assyria (Assyrian)
Pakira Phaikia Faikia Plural of bird; All kinds of Bird species
Paki Phaxi Faki A (singular) bird
Prīti Phriti Firiti Love
Por Phore; bade Fore; bade Later
Sokol; somosto Xokhol Hokhol All
Sara (kon) Xara (buil) Hara (buil) Every (time)
Shāto Beel Xat Bila Hat Bila Seven wetlands
Shāt Kora Xat Khora Hat Khora Citrus macroptera fruit
Shāt bar Xat-bar Hat-bar Seven-times (Sylheti term for lots of time)
Sileṭī () Ciloṭia () Siloṭia People of Sylhet
Su bhagyo Allahr Hāola Allaar Aaola Good luck (Sylheti: God's Authority)
Shu tripti; bhalo ruchi Taza bhux; Bhalaṭike xawka Taza bhukh; Bhalaṭike khawka Bon appétit
Strī Bow Bow Wife
Shamī Zamai; beṭa Zamai; beṭa Husband
Shoshur Xoxur Hôūr Father-in-law
Shashuṛī Xoṛi Hoṛi Mother-in-law
Shala Xala Hala Brother-in-law
Shalī Xali Hali Sister-in-law
Shikśa kora Xixia newa Hikia newa Learn
Shoriṣha Xoirox Hoiroh Mustard
Shīẏal Xial Hial Jackal
Shuṭki Xuṭki; xukṭi Huṭki: hukṭi Sundried Fish
Apnar nam ki? Afnar nam kita? Afnar nam Kita? What's your name?
Daktar asar purbe rugi mara gelo Daxtor awar ageu bemari mara zain Dakhtor awar ageu bemari mara zain Before the doctor came, the patient had died
Bohu din dekhi ni Oto buile na dexlam Oto buile na dekhlam Long time no see
Bhalo Achhen? Bala acoen ni? Bala asoin ni? How are you?
Mangsher torokariṭa ami onek bhalopeyechi Ami ghustor salon bhalafaici Ami gustor salon balafaisi I loved the meat curry
Mangsher torokariṭa amar bhalō legeche Ghustor salonṭa amar bhala lagce Gustor salonṭa amar bala lagse I liked the meat curry
Shilchor kon dike pore? Xilcor xun baidi phorce? Hilsor khun baidi forse? Which way to Silchar?
Shōwchagar kōthay? Xocailoe ba leftin xun xano? Hosailoe ba liftin khun khano? Where is the toilet?
Eiṭa ki? Oxṭa xita? Okhṭa kita? What is this?
Oṭa ki? Outa xita? Outa kita? What are they?
Shēshē Xēshē Hēshē End

References

  1. ^ Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Sylheti". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Grierson, G.A. 1903. Linguistic Survey of India, Vol. 5, Part I. Calcutta.
  4. ^ James Lloyd-Williams & Sue Lloyd-Williams (Sylheti Translation and Research/STAR); Peter Constable (SIL International) Date: 2002-11-01
  5. ^ Syloti Nagri alphabet
  6. ^ Sylheti unicode chart
  7. ^ a b Sylheti Literature
  8. ^ Sylheti Literature
  9. ^ Banglapedia
  10. ^ Archive
  11. ^ Sylheti Alphabets
  12. ^ Anne J. Kershen (2005). Strangers, Aliens and Asians: Huguenots, Jews and Bangladeshis in Spitalfields, 1660–2000. Routledge. page. 147
  13. ^ Anne J. Kershen (2005). Strangers, Aliens and Asians: Huguenots, Jews and Bangladeshis in Spitalfields, 1660–2000. Routledge. pages. 148–150

External links

Sylheti phrasebook travel guide from Wikivoyage

  • UK-Based Group that collects and republishes Sylheti literature
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.