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Mising language

Mishing
Mising–Padam–Minyong
Plains Miri
RegionAssam
EthnicityMising, Padam, Minyong
Native speakers
629,954 (2011)[1]
Sino-Tibetan
Dialects
  • Padam
  • Minyong
  • Mising (Plains Miri)
Language codes
ISO 639-3mrg
Glottologmisi1242
ELP

Mising or Mishing, also known as Plains Miri, is a Tani language spoken by the Mising people. There are 517,170 speakers (as per Census of India, 2001), who inhabit mostly the Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Majuli, Golaghat, Tinsukia districts of Assam and also some parts of Arunachal Pradesh. The primary literary body of Mising is known as 'Mising Agom Kébang (Mising Language Society)'.

The Mising, Padam and Minyong speak dialects of the same language.

Phonology

Consonants

Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar/
Glottal
Plosive p b t d k ɡ
Affricate (tʃ dʒ)
Fricative s z (h)
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Tap ɾ
Approximant (w) l j
  • [w] is heard phonetically in different environments if a front or central vowel precedes a back vowel (i.e. /aɔ/ ~ [awɔ]).
  • [h] is heard in place of /s/ within variations of a local dialect.
  • [tʃ] and [dʒ] are typically rare, and mainly occur as allophones of /t d/ when after fricatives /s z/.[2]

Vowels

Front Central Back
Close i iː ɨ ɨː u uː
Mid ɛ ɛː ɜ ɜː ɔ ɔː
Open a aː

Geographical distribution

A traditional Mishing house is stilted.

Ethnologue gives the following locations for Mising speakers. The Hill Miri live in Arunachal Pradesh, while the Plains Miri live in Assam.

  • Assam: North Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Majuli,Charaideu,Bishwanath,Golaghat, and Tinsukia districts
  • Arunachal Pradesh
    • Districts of East Siang, Lower Dibang valley and Lohit. Also on both sides of Kamla river in Ziro subdivision, Lower Subansiri district
    • Daporizo subdivision, Upper Subansiri district

See also

References

  1. ^ Mishing at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Doley, Basanta K. A Sociolinguistic Profile of the Mising Language.

External links


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