|540,000 (2001 census)|
|ISO 639-3||mrg (shared with Hill Miri)|
Mishing, also known as Plains Miri and Takam, is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by the Mishing people. There are over 500,000 speakers of the language, who inhabit mostly the Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia districts of Assam. The premier literary body of Mishing language is known as 'Mishing Agom Ke'bang'.
Few important historical milestones of Mishing language:
- First Mishing grammar was written in 1849 by Rev. Robinson in 'Journal of Asiatic Society of Bengal' (Vol, 18, part 1, page 224).
- After that British Political officer, Jack Francis Needham, based in Sadiya published another Mishing grammaer 'Outline grammar of the Shaiyang Miri Language as spoken by the Miris of that clan residing the neighbourhood of Sadiya', 1886.
- First Mishing books were published by Reverend JamesHerbert Lorrain in 1902 with name 'Isorke Doyinge'( Story of God) and Jisuke Doyinge ( Story of Jesus) in 1902.
- First Mishing dictionary was published in 1910, from Shillong by Reverend James Herbert Lorrain.
- After that, Rev. LWB Jackman published "Keyum kero Kitab (1914)", "Rom Kiding kela Korintian Doying (1916) and "Mathike Annam Baibal" (1917).
So, Mishing language was converted to written form with written grammar way back in 1849. Recently, since 1980, lot of books, magazines, news papers have been published in Mishing language.