Gujarati language

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Gujarati
ગુજરાતી
Gujarātī
Gujarati Script Sample.svg
"Gujarati" in Gujarati script
Pronunciation[ɡudʒəˈɾɑːt̪i]
Native toGujarat
Daman and Diu
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
RegionGujarat
EthnicityGujaratis
Native speakers
49 million (2007)[1]
Early forms
Gujarati alphabet (Brahmic)
Gujarati Braille
Arabic script
Devanagari (historical)
Official status
Official language in
Gujarat (India)[3]
Daman and Diu (India)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli (India)
Language codes
ISO 639-1gu
ISO 639-2guj
ISO 639-3guj
Glottologguja1252
Linguasphere59-AAF-h
Idioma guyaratí.png
Distribution of native Gujarati speakers in India

Gujarati is an Indo-Aryan language. It is spoken in Gujarat, India and also in neighbouring Pakistan. It was the "mother tongue" of Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. There are millions of Gujaratis who speak it as their first language. Gujarati is the 20th most common language in the United States of America. Mahatma Gandhi, the India's leader, once said about the Gujarati language: "Bad handwriting is a sign of an uncomplete education".

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mikael Parkvall, "Världens 100 största språk 2007" (The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007), in Nationalencyklopedin
  2. Ernst Kausen, 2006. Die Klassifikation der indogermanischen Sprachen (Microsoft Word, 133 KB)
  3. Dwyer 1995, p. 5