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This map shows the regions of the world where Hindi is commonly spoken (red circle). Hindi developed in the Indic family of languages from the Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European. Its immediate ancestor was Hindustani, which came from Vedic Sanskrit. It still employs Sanskrit lettering in writing. Hindi is most closely related to Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Singhalese, Romany, and Urdu. Hindi is one of the three most important languages in modern India alongside Bengali and Urdu. The Hindi language is a colloquial one common to the northern regions of India.


Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.

 

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