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Rabha language

Rabha
Rába katha
Rabha
Native toIndia
RegionAssam, West Bengal
Native speakers
139,986 (2011 census)[1]
Dialects
  • Mayturi
  • Rongdani
  • Koch
Assamese script, Bengali script, Roman Characters
Language codes
ISO 639-3rah
Glottolograbh1238
ELPRabha

Rabha is a Tibeto-Burman language of India, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. The two dialects, Mayturi and Rongdani, are divergent enough to cause problems in communication. According to U.V. Jose,[2] there are three dialects, viz. Róngdani or Róngdania, Mayturi or Mayturia and Songga or Kocha (page ix). Jose writes that "the Kocha dialect, spoken along the northern bank of the Brahmaputra, is highly divergent and is not intelligible to a Róngdani or Mayturi speaker" (page ix). Jose also writes that "[t]he dialect variations between Róngdani and Mayturi, both of which are spoken on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra, in the Goalpara district of Assam and belong to the northern slopes of Meghalaya, are minimal" (pages ix-x). He concludes the paragraph on dialectal variation with: "The Róngdani-Mayturi dialectal differences become gradually more marked as one moves further west" (page x).

In 2007, U.V. Jose published a grammar of Rabha with Brill in their series Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region.[3]

Geographical distribution

According to the Ethnologue, Rabha is spoken in the following areas of India.

See also

References

  1. ^ Rabha at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Jose, U.V. 2000. Rabha–English dictionary khúrangnala. Guwahati: Don Boco Publications.
  3. ^ Joseph, U.V. 2007. Rabha. Leiden: Brill.



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