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July 23, 2012

Does Sylheti = Bengali?

Filed under: Bangladeshi — Razib Khan @ 9:04 pm

A cousin posted this on Facebook. The strange issue here is that the language here is very different from standard Bengali, and in fact, more diverged than most regional Bengali dialects. I have a very difficult time understanding it. It’s Sylheti. In case you don’t know, most Bangladeshis in the United Kingdom are from Sylhet. When I was in London a few years back I couldn’t understand many of the “Bangladeshis” talking on the street. In contrast, in Bologna or New York I can understand Bangladeshis on the stret.

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