Tangsa language

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Tangsa
Tase
Native to Burma, India
Ethnicity Tangsa people
Native speakers
110,000 (2001 census – 2012)[1]
Sino-Tibetan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
nst – Tangsa (multiple varieties)
nqq – Kyan-Karyaw
nlq – Lao Naga
Glottolog tase1235  Tase Naga[2]

Tangsa, also Tase and Tase Naga, is a Sino-Tibetan languages or language cluster spoken by the Tangsa people of Burma and north-eastern India. Some varieties, such as Shangge, are likely distinct languages. There are about 60,000 speakers in Burma and 40,000 speakers in India.

Geographical distribution[edit]

Tangsa is spoken in the following locations of Myanmar (Ethnologue).

In India, Tangsa is spoken in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Below are locations for some varieties of Tangsa.

Ethnologue also lists the following languages.

  • Lao Naga (Law, Loh) (ISO 639 nlq): 1,000 speakers (as of 2012) in Lahe Township. Most similar to Chen-Kayu Naga and the Chuyo and Gakat dialects of Tase Naga.
  • Chen-Kayu Naga (Kyan-Karyaw Naga) (ISO 639 nqq): 9,000 speakers (as of 2012) in 13 villages of Lahe Township. Dialects are Chen (Kyan) and Kayu (Kahyu, Kaiyaw, Karyaw, Kayaw). Most similar to the Chuyo and Gakat dialects of Tase Naga.

Dialects[edit]

Ethnologue[edit]

Ethnologue lists the following dialects of Tase (Tangsa), some of which may actually be separate, mutually unintelligible languages.

  • Bote (Bongtai, Butay, Hteinpa, Nokpa, Nukpa)
  • Chamchang (Kimsing)
  • Champhang (Thamphang)
  • Chuyo (Wanggu, Wangoo)
  • Gaha (Halum)
  • Gakat (Wakka, Wanga)
  • Gaqchan (Gashan)
  • Gawkchung (Kochong)
  • Henchin (Sanching, Shangchein)
  • Kaisan (Kyetsan)
  • Khalak (Hkalak)
  • Lakki (Lakai)
  • Lama
  • Lochang (Lanchein, Langshin)
  • Lumnu
  • Lungri
  • Moshang (Mawshang)
  • Miku (Maihku)
  • Mitay (Maitai)
  • Mungre (Mawrang, Morang)
  • Nahen (Nahim, Nahin)
  • Ngaimong (Maimong, Ngaimau)
  • Pingku (Pyengoo)
  • Ranchi (Rangchein)
  • Rasa
  • Rara
  • Ranu, Ringkhu (Rangkhu)
  • Sansik (Sheiknyo, Siknyo, Sikpo)
  • Shangti (Sangtai, Shangthi)
  • Shangwan (Changwan, Shangwal, Shawvel)
  • Shekyü (Sangche, Sanke, Shaekjeng, Shaekyeu)
  • Shokra (Sawkrang, Shaukra, Shograng)
  • Toke (Tawkay)
  • Yangno
  • Chamkok (Tamko, Thamkok)
  • Cholim (Tawlum, Tulim, Tulum)
  • Hachum (Chumnyu, Chumsa, Gachung)
  • Hakhun (Gakhun)
  • Hacheng (Hakyai)
  • Haman (Gaman)
  • Hapaw
  • Hasik (Awla, Awlay, Laju)
  • Kumka (Kum Ga, Kumga)
  • Rera (Ronrang)
  • Asen (Aasen, Hansin, Raqsa, Yasa)
  • Hakhü (Gakhi, Hachi, Hakhii, Hatse)
  • Hokuq
  • Jöngi (Dongai, Donghee, Dongi)
  • Kon (Chawang, Kyawan, Yawngkon, Yongkon)
  • Kotlum (Kawlum)
  • Lonyung (Galawn, Galun)
  • Lungkhi (Longkhai)
  • Maitai (Meitei, Mitay)
  • Riha (Lulum)

Kyan and Karyaw, two closely related Konyak speech varieties, as well as Lao (Law, Loh) Naga, are reportedly similar to the Chuyo and Gakat dialects (Ethnologue).

Alternate names for Tase (Tangsa) given in Ethnologue include:

  • Haimi
  • Hawa
  • Heimi
  • Kuwa
  • Pangmi
  • Pangwa
  • Rangpan
  • Rangpang
  • Tangshang
  • Tangwa
  • Tase

Morey (2017)[edit]

Within Tangsa, the Pangwa group has about 20 subgroups in India. The Pangwa had migrated from Myanmar to India in the 20th century (Morey 2017). Pangwa subgroups are listed below, with autonyms listed in parentheses.[7]

  • Tonglum (autonym: cho¹lim¹, ʨolim, Cholim)
  • Langching (autonym: lo²cʰaŋ³, loʨʰaŋ, Lochhang)
  • Kimsing (autonym: ʨamʨaŋ, Chamchang)
  • Ngaimong (autonym: ŋaimɔŋ)
  • Maitai (maitai; Motai)
  • Ronrang (autonym: rɯra, Rera, Rüra)
  • Sangkhe
  • Lakkai (Lakki)
  • Mossang (Mueshaung)
  • Morang (Mungray)
  • Hachheng (Hacheng)
  • Khalak
  • Longri
  • Sangwal
  • Jogly (Joglei)
  • Lungkhe
  • Haso
  • Dunghi

The Tikhak group consists of:[7]

  • Longchang
  • Tikhak
  • Nokjah
  • Yongkuk
  • Kato (currently extinct)

Other subgroups that do not belong to either the Pangwa or Tikhak groups are:[7]

  • Moklum
  • Ponthai (Nukta)
  • Havi (Hawoi)
  • Hakhun (haˀkʰun)
  • Thamphang (ʨampaŋ, Champang)
  • Thamkok (Chamkok)
  • Halang (Hehle)

Besides Pangwa and Tikhak, other Tangsa groups are:[8]

  • Muklom (Muklom, Hawoi)
  • Phong (also known as Ponthai)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tangsa (multiple varieties) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Kyan-Karyaw at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Lao Naga at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tase Naga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Rekhung, Winlang. 1988. Jugli Language Guide. Itanagar: Directorate of Research, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
  4. ^ Rekhung, Winlang. 1988. Lungchang Language Guide. Itanagar: Directorate of Research, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
  5. ^ Rekhung, Winlang. 1992. Tutsa Language Guide. Itanagar: Directorate of Research, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
  6. ^ Rekhung, Winlang. 1999. Mungshang Language Guide. Itanagar: Directorate of Research, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
  7. ^ a b c Morey, Stephen. 2017. Tangsa song language art or history? A common language or a remnant? m.s.
  8. ^ Morey, Stephen. The internal diversity of Tangsa: vocabulary and morphosyntax.

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