Makury language

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Makury
Makury Naga
Native to India, Burma
Region Nagaland
Native speakers
65,000 (2014-16)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 jmn
Glottolog maku1273[2]

Makury, or Makury Naga (sometimes mistakenly spelled Makuri), is a Naga language of India and Burma. Shi (2009:3) and Saul (2005:25) suggest that Makury may be an Ao language.

Classification[edit]

Makury is not close to other Naga languages that fall under Konyak-[Tangshang] and Angami-Zeme. Makury falls under Ao-Tangkhul linguistic group of southern Naga languages and is close to Naga languages that fall under the said language group. Müvlë (Longphuri) are a sub-tribe of Makury. In Eastern Nagaland, Myanmar, Makury, Somra Tangkhul and Para are closer than the other tribes in the north in terms of language (Makury Tribal Council).

Geographical distribution[edit]

Makury is spoken in Leshi Township, Homalin Township, and Lahe Township in Hkamti District, Sagaing Region, Myanmar. There are about 40,000 speakers in Myanmar, and about 25,000 in India.

Dialects[edit]

Ethnologue lists the following dialects of Makury.

  • Mëkheotlë
  • Sengphüvlë
  • Aralë
  • Jilë

Jongphüvlë (listed as Kyaungphuri in Ethnologue) is a Makury clan name (Makury Tribal Council).

Shi (2009:5) lists the following dialects of Makury.

  • Phuvle, Makheotle
  • Sengphuvle, Muvle, Jeile

References[edit]

  1. ^ Makury at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Makury Naga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  • Saul, Jamie D. 2005. The Naga of Burma: Their festivals, customs and way of life. Bangkok, Thailand: Orchid Press.
  • Shi, Vong Tsuh. 2009. Discourse studies of Makuri Naga narratives. MA thesis, Chiang Mai: Payap University.
  • Language and Social Development Organization (LSDO). 2006. A sociolinguistic survey of Makuri, Para, and Long Phuri Naga in Layshi Township, Myanmar. Unpublished manuscript.