A Grmmar Of The Chhattisgarhi Dialect Of Eastern Hindi, Hira Lal Kavyopadhyaya ए ग्रामर आफ छत्‍तीसगढ़ी

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN HINDI BY Hira Lal Kavyopadhyaya, Hed Master of the Anglo-Vernaculr School, Dhamtari AND TRANSLATED BY SIR GEORGE A. GRIERSON, Of the Bengal Civil Service.

UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF RAI BAHADUR HIRA LAL, Of the Provincial Civil Service, Central Provinces and Berar.  
The various dialects spoken in Rajputana are classed under Raj as- than! and are derived from the old Awanti Speech. ' In the early centuries after the Christian era there were two main languages or Prakrits, spoken in the Jamuna and Ganges valleys. These were Saurseni spoken in the west, its headquarters being the upper Doab, and Magadhi spoken in the east, with its headquarters in the country south of the present city of Patna. Between these two there was a debatable ground, roughly corresponding to the present province of in which a mixed language known as Ardha-Magadhi or Half Magadhi, was spoken partaking partly of the character of Saurseni and partly of that of Magadhi. This mixed language or Ardha-Magadhi was the parent of modern East- ern Hindi, which includes three main dialects, Awadhi, Bagheli and Chattisgarhi, and occupies parts of five provinces, viz. Oudh, the United Provinces, Baghelkhand, Bundelkhand and the Central Provinces.

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