HINDI, EASTERN, one of the " intermediate " Indo-Aryan languages (see HINDOSTANI). It is spoken in Oudh, Baghelkhand and Chhattisgarh by over 22,000,000 people. It is derived from the Apabhrarhsa form of ArdhamagadhI Prakrit (see PRAKRIT), and possesses a large and important literature. Its most famous writer was Tulsl Das, the poet and reformer, who died early in the 17th century, and since his time it has been the North-Indian language employed for epic poetry.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)