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About Mishing Language

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By Smitakshi Guha

Also known by the names of Takam and Plains Miri, Mishing is a Tani language belonging to the family of Sino-Tibetan languages. It is mainly spoken by the Mishing people residing in parts of North-East India. According to the census of 2001, Mishing has over 5,50,000 native speakers. The language has a plethora of verbal suffixes, moods, tenses, as well as aspects.

For the write ups for the Standard Mishing Language, the script that is used is the Roman script. Coming to the geographical distribution of the Mishing language in north-East India, it is spoken in parts of the Indian state of Assam as well as Arunachal Pradesh.

In Assam, it is spoken in Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Sonitput, Golaghat, Jorhat, and the Tinsukia districts; whereas, in Arunachal Pradesh, it is spoken by people residing in some villages near Pasighat, as well as in the Upper Subansiri district and the Daporizo subdivision.

The language is widely known for its big range of prefixes, suffixes, participles and adjectives, wherein one simple sentence or feeling can be expresses in a list of ways from the big bank of words that Mishing language possesses. The fundamental literary body of the Mishing language is called Mishing Agom Ke’bang’.

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