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The wird "Hindi" in Devanagari script
PronunciationHindustani pronunciation: [ˈɦin̪d̪iː]
Native taeNorthren Indie (Hindi Belt)
EthnicityHindavi fowk
Native speakers
260 million (2001)[1]
L2 speakers: 120 million (1999)
Early forms
Sauraseni Prakrit
  • Sauraseni Apabhramsa
    • Auld Hindi
Devanagari Braille
Signed Hindi
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Regulatit biCentral Hindi Directorate[3]
Leid codes
ISO 639-1hi
ISO 639-2hin
ISO 639-3hin

Hindi is a leid that's spak in Indie. It is the heidmaist leid in Indie an is the seicont maist spak leid in the warld. It is mutually intelligable wi Urdu, an mony fowk conseeders thaim tae be twa dialects o the same leid, Hindustani. It is mainly spak in an aboot northren an mid Indie, an is spak in Fiji an aw, aucht the Indie community.


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  1. Hindi at Ethnologue (19t ed., 2016)
  2. a b Hindustani (2005). Keith Brown (ed.). Encyclopedie o Leid an Linguistics (2 ed.). Elsevier. ISBN 0-08-044299-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. "Central Hindi Directorate: Introduction". Archived frae the original on 4 Mey 2012. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  4. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Hindi". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.