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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 865 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RAJASTHANI (properly RAJASTHANI, the language of Rajasthan of Rajputana), an 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 Jaipuri, Marwari, Mewati and Malvi. Harauti, an important variety of Jaipuri, is spoken in the states of Kota and Bundi. Carey, the well-known Serampiir 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. Malvi), Udaipuri (a form of Marwari), Marwari proper, Jaipuri proper and Bikaneri (another form of Marwari). In 1901 the total number of speakers of Rajasthani was 10,917,712. (G. A. GR.)
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