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Maithili
मैथिली, মৈথিলী
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Native to India, Madhesh and Nepal
Region Northern Bihar, Madhesh,Nepal
Ethnicity Maithil
Native speakers 30 million  (2000–2001)
Language family
Dialects
Central (Sotipura)
Western
Khortha (Eastern)
Dehati
Jolaha
Kisan
Southern
Thetiya
Writing system Tirhuta (Mithilakshar)
Kaithi (Maithili style)
Devanagari
Official status
Official language in  Nepal Interim Constitution 2007
India 8th schedule of Constitution of India, Bihar

Maithili (Nepali: मैथिली; /ˈmtli/; Maithilī) is an Indo-Aryan language. It is spoken in Nepal and northern India. It is spoken by 34.7 million people. Of those, 2.8 million are Nepalese people. It is the second largest national language of Nepal. In ancient times, Maithili language was written in Mithilakshar. Now it is written in Devanagari script.

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