Tedim language

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Tedim
Native to Burma, India
Ethnicity Zomi
Native speakers
(340,000 cited 1990)[1]
Pau Cin Hau script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ctd
Glottolog tedi1235[2]

Tedim (Tiddim or Tedim Chin), is a Kuki-Chin language, spoken mostly in Burma and India. In Chin State, it is spoken in Tedim and Tonzang townships, while in Sagaing Division, it is spoken in Kalay and Mawlaik townships (Ethnologue). Dialects are Sokte and Kamhau (also called Kamhao, Kamhow).

Sukte is a dialect of Tedim. "But there is no specific native language of Sukte. It is just a small clan of Zomi." Zam Ngaih Cing (2011:170) lists some Tedim varieties as Losau, Sihzang, Teizang, Saizang, Dim, Khuano, Hualngo, Dim, Zou, Thado, Paite and Vangteh.[3]

Tedim was the primary language spoken by Pau Cin Hau, a religious leader who lived from 1859 to 1948. He also devised a logographic and later simplified alphabetic script for writing materials in Chin languages, especially Tedim.

The phonology of Tedim can be described as (C)V(V)(C)T order, where C represents a consonant, V represents a vowel, T represents a tone, and parentheses enclose optional constituents of a syllable[4]. It is a subject-object verb language, and negation follows the verb.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tedim at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tedim Chin". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Cing, Zam Ngaih. But there is no language of Sukte, meaning it is only a small clan of zomi. "Linguistic Ecology of Tedim Chin." In Singh, Shailendra Kumar (ed). Linguistic Ecology of Manipur. Guwahati: EBH Publishers.
  4. ^ https://www.unicode.org/L2/L2011/11104r-paucinhau-alphabet.pdf