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Full text of "Linguistic Survey Of India Vol V Part I Indo Aryan Family Eastern Group"

166                                                              BENGALI.

As usual the Past tense is liable to frequent contraction, especially when the root
of the verb ends in r, or I Thus instead of toMW, we can have Mk> I did;
so milk, I died, for mnu; and bti, he said, for ioR So again hwti or MM,
for hUfoAU> he has said,

The following abnormal forms may be noted,-4« to (Reeling), I will say; ho
(Jalpaigari), I speak; fWo, I flee (Jalpaigari); Jfracte, I am roaming (do,), Wte
%»/ (Darjeeling), he began to say,

From the root far, make, we have,-to« (Rangpur, Goalpara, and Cooch Behar),
km (Darjeeling), Jiw (Jalpaiguri), I did; Mm (Jalpaigari), we did;
(Jalpaiguri), thou madest; Me (Darjeeling), he made; hn$ (Goalpara),
(Jalpaigun), U0tt» (Darjeeling), I have done; bwche (Goalpara), k« (Cooch
Behar), he has made, Other forms worthy of note are, fat (to- ffitt) (Goalpara), keep
thou; dioM« (Goalpara and Cooch Behar), he has come; l&MM (Cooch Behar),
he has survived; Jafi kane (Jalpaiguri), having gone;<BBftw(rf» (Darjeeling), im*
mediately on seeing,

Besides the usual conjunctions, K and fa meaning *that5, we find $ in Darjecl-
ing, and ki M or bole in Jalpaiguri.

The dialect of Western and South-Western Goalpara in Assam is pure RajbangsL
The first specimen is the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and the second a piece of
Folk-lore.
In both cases, as in the case of the Eangpur specimens, a phonetic transcription has