Idu Mishmi language
|Region||India: Assam; Arunachal Pradesh: Dibang Valley district; [(East Siang District)]; [(Upper Siang)] West Bengal. China: southeastern Tibet Autonomous Region: Nyingchi Prefecture: Zayü County; western Yunnan|
|Ethnicity||Mishmi people (categorized as Lhoba and Mishmi)|
|11,000 (2001 census)|
The Idu Mishmi language (simplified Chinese: 义都语; pinyin: Yìdōu yŭ) is a small language spoken by the Mishmi people in Dibang Valley district of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and in Zayü County of the Tibet Autonomous Region, China. There were 8569 speakers in India in 1981 and 7000 speakers in China in 1994. It is considered an endangered language.
The Idu Mishmi people did not usually have a script of their own. When needed Idu Mishmis tended to use the Tibetan script. Currently the Idu Mishmi have developed a script known as "Idu Azobra".
The Idu Mishmi language is often referred to as:
- Chulikata by the Assamese.
- Idu in general.
- Yidu may be used in China.
- Midu, Mindri and Mithu (also called Bebejias by the Assamese) are subclassifications within the Idu tribe based on the pitch and pronunciation of certain words. However, Idu people prefer the ethonym "Kera-Ah" (children of Kera)
|Dialect name||Alternative name (if any)||Area spoken|
|Mithu||Bebejia||Hunli, Desali, Koronu, Abango, Injuno, Bhismaknagar, Roing|
|Midu||Roing, Dambuk, Aohali|
|Mihi||Ahi valley (Anelih)|