NOETHBflN DIALECT OF MALDA. 129 Finite Verb— 1. Present,-kdti, I cut; kari, I may make; nhi, we may remain; rf*Hri» thou didst not give; khay, they eat. 2. Present Definite,~»mdrchhi, I am dying. 3. Imperfect,—diMlo-nd, he was not giving; dscJiMlo, he was coming. 4. Future-pamu, I will get; 'jdmu, I will go; *0te«, I will &y; farm* I shall do; kahbe, he will say. 5. Imperative,—de, give; fo^f keep; ty, come; tPdtiei, look; khdi, let us eat; ddi, let us give; kari, let us do. 6. Past,—Second Person,—dili, thou gavest. 3rd Person,— (a) Transitive 7er bs,—kahle, he said; dJZ*, he gave; ;&2U*, he squandered; dholle, he caught; pathdle, he sent; dekhle,te saw; igrfe, he made; M5i^, he ate ; pale, he got; pucJihle, he asked; kolle, he made; iarU9 he made; rdkhle, he put. (6) Intransitive Ferbs,—g*dro, he went; *«$, he hecame; polo, he fell; did, he came; %i5, they began; sdndhdlo, he entered; thaW, he remained-. 7. Pas# Conditional and Rabitual,—Widlo«lasto, he used to like. 8. Perfect,—ka^achhi, I have done; diyaMe, he has giveu; «?ifa0ftij, he has wasted; dfdchhe, he has come; pdyydchhe> he has got; khdfdchhe, they have eaten. 9. Pluperfect,—mafdchhild, he had died; hariy&chhilo, he was lost. 10. Infinitive,—chardte, to tend; AiaraK, to fill; W/<?, to call; rdnte, to cook; JtAof«, to eat; suchte, to think. 11. Present Participle,—Mte, passing (of time); jdnte> knowing; rahte-i, even remaining. 12. Conditional Participle,-pale, if he got; puchhle, having enquired; JbAZJ, if I say. 13. Conjunctive Participle,—This ends in *d. Thus ia^a, having divided; kar*d, Laving done; jdyyd, having gone; and many others. Sometimes the regular form is met, as, sdndhiya, having entered. Malda District is a meeting.place of several languages,—of Bengali, Bihari, Santall, Koch, and others. Curiously enough, language is distributed hy race, rather than by locality, so that in one village four or five languages may he heard spoken. The two following specimens are the Parahle of the Prodigal Son, and a short Folk- tale. Bengali.