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RAJASTHANI (properly RAJASTHANI, the language of Rajasthan of Rajputana), ah Indo-Aryan vernacular closely related to Gujarati (q.v.). It is spoken in Rajputana and the adjoining parts of central India, and has several dialects the principal of which are Jaipurl, Marwari, MewSti and Malvl. Harauti, an important variety of Jaipurl, is spoken in the states of Kota and Bundi. Carey, the well-known Serampur missionary, paid great attention to Rajasthani in the early part of the 19th century, translating the New Testament into no fewer than six dialects, viz. HarautI, UjainI (i.e. Malvl), Udaipurt (a form of MSrwarl), Marwari proper, Jaipurl proper and BlkanOrl (another form of Marwari). In 1901 the total number of speakers of Rajasthani was 10,917,712. (G. A. GR.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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