Angika (अंगिका)

Angika is a Bihari language spoken mainly in the Anga region in northern India, particuarly in the Munger, Bhagalpur and Banka districts of Bihar state, and in the Santhal Pargana division of Jharkhand state. It is also in the Morang and Sunsari districts of Province No. 1 in eastern Nepal. In 1997 there were about 725,000 speakers of Angika in India, and there were 20,330 in Nepal in 2011.

Angika is closely related to Maithili, and was classified as a dialect of Maithili in George A. Grierson's 1903 Linguistic Survey of India. Angika speakers assert that it is a separate langauge, and it is now officially recognised as a second state language in the state of Jharkhand. Angika is written with the Devanagari script. In the past it was written with the Kaithi and Anga alphabets.

Devanagari script for Angika

Devanagari script for Angika

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Sample text

सब्भे मनुष्प के गौरव आरू आधिकार रॉ संदर्भ मं जन्मजात स्वतंत्रता व समानता प्राप्त छै । हुनका सब के अंतरात्मा रॉ देन प्राप्त छै आरू हुनका परस्पर बंधुता रॉ भाव सं स्वाभाव करना चाहियॉ ।

Transliteration

Sabbhe manuṣy ke gaurav ārū adhikār rô sandarbh ma janmajāt svatantratā va samānatā prāpta chhai. Hunakā saba ke antarātmā rô den prāpt chhai ārū hunakā paraspar bandhutā rô bhāv sa svābhāv karanā chāhiyô.

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Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Information about Angika
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angika
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/anp
https://www.indianetzone.com/56/angika_language.htm
https://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/angi1238

Bihari languages

Angika, Bhojpuri, Danwar, Khortha, Kurmali, Magahi, Maithili, Sadri

Languages written with the Devanāgarī alphabet

Aka-Jeru, Angika, Athpare, Avestan, Awadhi, Bahing, Balti, Bantawa, Belhare, Bhili, Bhumij, Bilaspuri, Bodo, Bhojpuri, Braj, Car, Chamling, Chhantyal, Chhattisgarhi, Chambeali, Danwar, Dhatki, Dhimal, Dhundari, Digaro Mishmi, Dogri, Doteli, Gaddi, Garhwali, Gondi, Gurung, Halbi, Haryanvi, Hindi, Ho, Jarawa, Jaunsari, Jirel, Jumli, Kagate, Kannauji, Kham, Kangri, Kashmiri, Khaling, Khandeshi, Kharia, Khortha, Korku, Konkani, Kullui, Kumaoni, Kurmali, Kurukh, Kusunda, Lambadi, Limbu, Lhomi, Lhowa, Magahi, Magar, Mahasu Pahari, Maithili, Maldivian, Malto, Mandeali, Marathi, Marwari, Mewari, Mundari, Nancowry. Newar, Nepali, Nimadi, Nishi, Onge, Pahari, Pali, Pangwali, Rajasthani, Rajbanshi, Rangpuri, Sadri, Sanskrit, Santali, Saraiki, Sirmauri, Sherpa, Shina, Sindhi, Sunwar, Sylheti, Tamang, Thakali, Thangmi, Wambule, Wancho, Yakkha, Yolmo

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