Hmar language

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Pronunciation [m̥a]
Native to India
Region Mizoram, Manipur, and Assam
Ethnicity Hmar
Native speakers
83,000  (2001 census)[1]
Official status
Recognised minority language in
Assam, Manipur and Mizoram
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hmr

The Hmar language belongs to the Kukish branch of the Tibeto-Burman family of languages. The speakers of the language are also known as Hmar.

Hmar speakers are scattered over a vast area in Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Chittagong Hill tracts, and NC Hills and Cachar districts of Assam state, India. There is no homegenous settlement of Hmar speakers alone.

Hmar is a recognised language in the School curriculum of Assam, Manipur and Mizoram, and also recently recognised as one of the Modern Indian Languages (MIL) at Manipur University. Board of Secondary Education, Assam has also included Hmar as an MIL in its matriculation syllabus from 2005. Both Manipur University and Assam University, Silchar has also permitted HMAR LANGUAGE to be studied as Major Indian Language in the Graduation level.

According to the official 2001 Census of India, there are 83,404 Hmar speakers in India.


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