The Bangla LIP is out, only 5½ months after the Bengali LIP!

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2011/01/17 07:01 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2011/01/17/10116138.aspx


THE WINDOWS 7 BANGLA LANGUAGE INTERFACE PACK IS LIVE!

Click here to download the Bangla Windows 7 LIP via the Microsoft.com Download Center.

Please note that the Bangla  Windows 7 LIP can only be installed on a system that runs an English client version of Windows 7.   It is available to download for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

The Bangla Windows 7 LIP is produced as part of the Local Language Program sponsored by Public Sector.

For the Bengali - India LIP, see 4 out the door, in both 32 & 64 (aka What Irish, Malay, Maltese & Bengali have in common), pubished at the end of July, last year.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON BANGLA

NUMBER OF SPEAKERS

150 million native speakers

NAME IN THE LANGUAGE ITSELF:

বাংলা

Bangla is sometimes referred to as Bengali, but is usually referred to as Bangla in Bangladesh where it is the official language.

It was also made an official language of Sierra Leone to honor the Bangladeshi peacekeeping force from the United Nations stationed there.

Bangla is spoken in the region of eastern South Asia known as Bengal, comprising Bangladesh (where it is spoken by about 150 million people) and the Indian state of West Bengal  (where it is spoken by 55 million people). With more than 200 million speakers it is the second most widely spoken language on the Indian subcontinent and among the 5 languages with the most native speakers worldwide.

INTERESTING FACTS:

CLASSIFICATION:

Bangla belongs to the Eastern Indo-Aryan languages which are part of the Indo-European language family. Together with its closest relatives Assamese and Oriya, Bangla is the most eastern of this large language family.
The dialect of Bangla spoken in Bangladesh is different from the Bengali dialect spoken in India.

SCRIPT:

Bangla is written in the alphasyllabary called Bangla or Kutila-lipi which highly resembles the Devanagari script used for Sanskrit, Hindi or Nepali. The script consists of 12 vowel characters and 52 consonant characters. Like in all alphasyllabaries, or abugidas, characters for consonants have embedded vowels (or an extra diacritic showing that there is no vowel).

Note that Unicode encodes the script as an abugida.

Click here for more information on the Bangla language.

Perhaps in some future blog I may contrast the two LIPs, if people would perhaps find that interesting....

Enjoy!


Shihab on 17 Jan 2011 8:44 AM:

Thank you Sir for your nice post on Bangla Language along with the Good announcement

Michael S. Kaplan on 17 Jan 2011 9:01 AM:

I am very very interested in opinions on differences between the two for anyone who installs both of them!

Md. Eftakhairul Islam on 17 Jan 2011 9:41 AM:

Yeah... Nice initiative ....:):)

John Cowan on 17 Jan 2011 1:31 PM:

Yes, please do.

Doug Ewell on 17 Jan 2011 2:25 PM:

> Perhaps in some future blog I may contrast the two LIPs, if people would perhaps find that interesting....

Sure.

Sudipta K Paik on 17 Jan 2011 11:15 PM:

Sir,

We Love our Language very much. My Mother Language is Bangla.

Imtiaz on 18 Jan 2011 12:07 AM:

Thanks a lot for this initiative.

Alex Cohn on 19 Jan 2011 8:27 AM:

> Perhaps in some future blog I may contrast the two LIPs, if people would perhaps find that interesting....

I vote for it.

Mustakim Talukder on 25 Jan 2011 9:32 AM:

Hi, Thanks for the share, but i could not install the LIP in my pc running Windows 7 Professional, and i saw the help file saying that A language pack can be used only on computers running Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Enterprise edition, is this correct? if so then what can i do to use this LIP ??

Michael S. Kaplan on 25 Jan 2011 2:03 PM:

Not true.

LIPs can be installed on any SKU type.

Michael S. Kaplan on 25 Jan 2011 9:04 PM:

Note that this is different than LANGUAGE PACKS, which do have limitations like those you mentioned.

suzon on 25 Aug 2011 1:18 AM:

vai abar english a back korbo ki vabe? plz shodhan

sumon on 21 Sep 2011 1:36 PM:

Thank you Sir for your nice post on Bangla Language along with the Good announcement

shaalom Biswas (Bappy) on 4 Feb 2012 5:22 PM:

Apnadar kag Khob valo Hoy Ajonno Many Many Thanks

tanbirul hasan on 1 Apr 2012 12:11 PM:

darun


referenced by

2011/01/30 Even in India, the language is actually known as Bangla (not Bengali)

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