(Last Updated on : 11/10/2011)
Angika Language is considered as the oldest language of the Bengali family. This language is considered as very close to the language of Maithili. It also has resemblance to the Indo Aryan languages like Bengali
The name Angika first appeared in the 1961 census. Angika is highly intelligible with other Bihari languages. Verbs in Angika are similar to those of Bengali. For instance "dangaybey" in Angika is same as "daangabay" in Bengali; "kanay chhai" in Angika is same as "kaanchey" in Bengali and so on. Angika , Maithili , Assamese , Bengali and Oriya are considered sister languages. Angika is written in the Devanagari script.
Several alternate names have been used for the language and they are: Aangi, Angikar, Chheka-Chhiki, Chhai-chhow, Bhagalpuri, Chekari.
The dialects of Angika are: Deshi, Dakhnaha, Mungeria, Devgharia, Gidhhoria, Surjapuri, Khortha and Dharampuria.
This language is spoken in these areas: Eastern and North-Eastern Bihar (Bhagalpur District
, Katihar District
, Purnia District, Banka District
, Madhepura District
, Jamui District
and Munger District
, Godda District
,and Deoghar District), West Bengal
( Malda District
and Uttar Dinajpur district). A substantial portion of the Angika-speaking population has settled down in Mumbai
, Baroda, Surat
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