Each Tangkhul village has its own tongue

Imphal, June 12 : All the dialects spoken in the 195 Tangkhul villages in Ukhrul district are different from each other in varying degrees.

On the other hand, it is reported that Chakpa dialect has disappeared from Manipur.

This was conveyed to Ashish Banerjee, advisor of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) by Prof Ch Yashawanta of Linguistics Department, Manipur University at Hotel Imphal yesterday.

Speaking at an event attended by academicians, scholars, researchers and journalists, Prof Yashawanta said that different Tangkhul villages of Ukhrul could not communicate in their own dialects.

Nevertheless, the Tangkhul dialect spoken in Ukhrul district headquarters is accepted as the standard dialect.

Around 33 different tribal dialects are being spoken in Manipur.

On the other hand, Chakpa language spoken at Andro and Phayeng have become totally obsolete, Prof Yashawanta said.

He said that 13/14 different dialects are being spoken in Churachandpur district which is inhabited by as many different ethnic groups.

The number of people speaking corrupted Purum language is now less than 500.Likewise, the respective numbers of people speaking corrupted Tarao dialect and Koireng dialect are recorded at around 1000 and 200 respectively, the Linguistics Professor said.

The event held at Hotel Imphal also discussed the state Manipur's State bird Nongin in addition to different corrupted dialects being spoken in Manipur.

INTACH Manipur Chapter convenor Dr RK Ranjan presented a brief report about the activities undertaken by INTACH in Manipur.