|Native to||Mizoram, India; Chin State, Burma|
|Native speakers||ca. 55,000 (1994–2001)|
Tlongsai (lingua franca)
|Recognised minority language in||Mizoram|
Mara is a recognised language in the School curriculum of Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC). Mara is a compulsory subject for all schools up to Class VII (Middle School) under Board of School Education, MADC.
- Population: 47,000 in India (2007), 37,000 in Burma (2007).
- Region: Lushai Hills (India), Chin Hills (Burma)
- Alternate names: Lakher, Mara, Maram, Mira, Zao, Shendu
- Dialects: Tlôsaih, Chapi, Zyhno, Hawthai, Saby, Lialai, Vytu, etc.
The plural form of a noun is formed by affixing one of the following terms to the end of the noun:
Words inside bracket were how a foreign author N.E. Parry (1937) wrote according to his understanding of the sound. But now the Maras have their own alphabet and the correct usages are put up there.
Adjectives are placed before the word they qualify. e.g., A good man) When an adjective is used to complete the predicate of a sentence, a pronominal particle agreeing with the subject is placed before the adjective.
- 1st person-keima or kei I
- 2nd person-nama or na You
- 3rd person-ano or a or ama' He,She,It
- 1st person-eima We
- 2nd person-namo, nama You
- 3rd person-amo They
- Keima, ei - my.
- keima ha, kei ei - mine.
- Nama, na - Thy(You)
- Nama ha, na ei - Thine(Yours)
- Ama, Ana - Him, Her, It.
- Ama ei, a ei - His, Hers, Its.
- Keimo - Our.
- Keimo ei, Keimo ha - Ours.
- Namo - Your.
- Namo ei, namo ha - Yours.
- Amo, a-mei - Their.
- Amo ei, amo ha - Theirs.
The demonstrative pronouns are the same as the double forms of the demonstrative adjectives. There are many indefinite pronouns, e.g.:-
- Khapamatavei - Nothing.
- Khaparai - Anything.
- Ato - Everything.
- Khapaleipa - Something.
- Khapama - Something or other.
- Aheumatavei - Nobody.
- Aheurai/ ahyrai - Any one.
- Aheu-tleuma - Some one, a certain one.
- Atlapi - Some . . . others.
- Ahrangpa - Another, others.
- Ama Zyduata - All.
- Maraland.NET Home of Mara language speaking people
- Maraland.org MITCS website
- A grammar and dictionary of the Lakher language (1908) (Scanned book at the Internet Archive)
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