The Bengali alphabet is the writing system for the Bengali language. The script with variations is shared by Assamese and is basis for Meitei, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Kokborok, Garo and Mundari alphabets. All these languages are spoken in the eastern region of South Asia. Direction: Left-to-right. Time period 11th Century to the present. Parent systems: Proto-Sinaitic, Phoenician, Aramaic, Brāhmī, Gupta, Siddham, Assamese/Bengali.