India is one of the world’s most linguistically diverse countries. With roughly 450 languages, it comes in fourth in the world, losing out only to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Nigeria. So, certainly not everyone in India speaks Hindi—in fact, many Indians speak languages that aren’t even remotely related to Hindi. Of course, many Indians also speak languages that are related to Hindi, and such is the case with Assamese.
Assamese is spoken by around 15 million people as a native language and an additional roughly 8 million people speaking it as a second or third language. The language, which is spoken in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland, all in northeastern India, has official status in Assam and is used as a lingua franca in the region. There are even various pidgin and creole languages based on Assamese, such as Nefamese, used in Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagamese, used in Nagaland. Given the local significance of Assamese, it’s important to have translation services for the language—and we at TranslationServices.com are proud to present our dedicated Assamese translation team.
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Diving into the structure of Assamese
Like many Indian languages, Assamese uses its own writing system, called the Assamese script, which heavily resembles the Bengali script. The Assamese script is an abugida, which means that characters primarily represent consonants and are modified to add vowel sounds. Independent vowels do have their own primary characters, however. Assamese is also an Indo–European language, meaning that it’s related to Hindi and even English—but the grammatical differences from English are stark. For example, Assamese features eight grammatical cases and includes a split-ergative alignment system.
Ergative languages mark the intransitive subject and transitive object identically, whereas nominative–accusative languages like English always mark the subject identically. Assamese is a mixed, language, with the unmarked absolutive case used for intransitive subjects, the ergative used for transitive subjects, and the accusative used for transitive objects. Assamese also incorporates a large inventory of noun classifiers, adopted from nearby Sino–Tibetan languages like Bodo. Additionally, the Assamese verb system is expansive and complicated, with conjugation for a wide variety of tenses and aspects. Notably, Assamese includes conjugations for habitual action, terminative action, goals, and reasons, among others.
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We’ve specifically built our Assamese translation team with flexibility in mind. That means we have translators specializing in Assamese-to-English translation as well as translators specializing in English-to-Assamese translation. Thus, we can smoothly handle just about any Assamese translation needs you may have. Say, for example, you want to translate a historical document in Assamese, or perhaps some Assamese literature, whether traditional or contemporary. Our translators will work hard to ensure the meaning and tone are captured expertly in English. Or, say that you want to translate business materials into Assamese, or a research questionnaire to distribute to Assamese speakers, or interesting content like books, poems, websites, apps, or games. Our team is here to help translate anything you want into Assamese as well!
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