EASTEfcN OP BAST SYLHET. 225 villages, for h&t gao, which is itself for Bat g&o. In Eastern Sylbet (as distinct from the western sub-dialect) j is not pronounced as z. On the contrary the z of Hindustani words is pronounced as j. Thus jamm, land, for zamw. The distinction between cerebral and dental consonants baa almost (but not quite) vanished. Educated natives can sometimes distinguish between ath-gao, eight villages, and 'at-gao, but not easUy. Practically, the literary word ashta (pronounced .asta) is used for * eight/1 The umlaut, or epenthesis, is noticeable in Sylhettia. A coming ei* (ee) sound influences a present vowel, if there is a consonant between ; e.g., Wt katfa is sounded kaitfd,, Tfa (Ttf*0 leal (Jkali) is pronounced kail Similarly, Ffa (Ftfo) char (chari) is Eft* taif, Ifts (Standard Bengali Utfe fatfn") is rait, and so on. This influence is even felt by an antecedent ^ u sound, as in ^f?T8 ghurio, which is plainly ghnirid on a Sylhettia's tongue. In the following note, when a is pronounced as the 6 in ' home/ it will be trans* literated 5, Declension.—- Norn. ^ gMr. Gen, W ghdrdr. Ttft J5fi, a homestead* Loc. ^3H (^Rf) jfftflro. Locative ^tfl^ (45ri#), Abl. ??$&& ghdrtanS. So other nouns in ^t. Singular, "Plural Nom. ^Tt^ wianuBh, Ml^W m&nu&he (Mfc^W maiwaft^). ^t^^l mfiw«Ara. Gen. ^1 m&nshdr. ^t^ft mdmshrar. Dat. Ace. do. do. do. do. Inst. nte«W m&inshe. The plural sometimes ends in ^tt»r am. Thus Wt^ gUr&in, houses ; trees. ConjngatioiL— Preterite. Singular. Plural. 1. «rtf5f OTPFTfr amidekhildm "stt^l OTt«PIt«f ««»m deWldm. 2. ^OffWtl tumideleUUy CSt^tl OTf^Tt5 tomrd dfthildy; ^JTOd^r tufadekUle CffWC^W toradgMile. 3. <51^ (honori^o) C?^?rl iaw» rfeiAfte t*|$*J|-tw ^ cfffffrt f»t«f« or fain /«*« i »e(«^de*M5, «ta*teJ d«**««. ' ^*AW «t« -CTplWl (dff^; <«ffi dgfc*«5, C*F^ rfeJAW Future. 1. '•ftft QFSSanimimu [^oix^clSkMSm-- properly Western Sylheij 2. 3. Jfter.aptjrt- iafotekVb8 (hanorifie^ » A^thoritieg do not tf *t* jtat flw Br6ffiu.ci.tKm- of ifa«tattnu BAa W «atir.of SylUet DJaA oowider? fta* 5 .ftbcmnMidtf-lih.*** W» ^ «, Terence betwei e* «ra. cl & >A te* the Mnsata** of *te .JTorth-east :<* A. ui/. ftehtte f H* ^ fr «» *W at the ?.tfe Ulv BengaH.