- Hindi (Devanagari: हिन्दी or हिंदी; IPA: [hɪnd̪iː]), an Indo-European language spoken mainly in northern and central India, is the official language of the Union government of India. It is part of a dialect continuum of the Indic family, bounded on the northwest and west by Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu, and Gujarati; on the south by Marathi; on the southeast by Oriya; on the east by Bengali; and on the north by Nepali. Hindi also refers to a standardized register of Hindustani termed khariboli, that emerged as the standard dialect of Hindi. The grammatical description in this article concerns this standard Hindi.
Hindi, the dominant language of north India, is written in the Devanagari alphabet. It is supported for typing and display in Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, all using Unicode to represent the text internally, with Unicode fonts. There are several projects to create Linux distributions in Hindi, including IndLinux.
See alphabets for fonts.
Countries / Regions
- India / north