Chungli Ao language

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Chungli Ao
Native toIndia
RegionNagaland
EthnicityAo Naga
Native speakers
130,004 (2011 census)[1][2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottologchon1286[3]

Chungli Ao is a Sino-Tibetan language of northeast India. It is the most widely-spoken language and the prestige language of the Ao languages, spoken by the Ao Nagas of Nagaland.

History[edit]

During the American Baptist Mission to Naga Hills, Dr E.W.Clark first came in contact with the Molungkimong village that paved the way for a common Ao language. Chungli Ao is spoken in Molungkimong and Molungyimsen and other villages throughout Ao territory by roughly 50% of the Ao-speaking population. The speech of Molungkimong is the prestige dialect due to Baptist missionaries' influence. Most Ao can speak Chungli even if they are from Mongsen-speaking regions. Chungli is taught in schools. Various trans-Dikhu neighbouring dialects of Chungli Ao are spoken east of the Dikhu River in Yacham, Tengsa, and Longla. These are poorly documented; Yacham and Tengsa may be separate languages (van Driem 2001).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues - 2011". www.censusindia.gov.in. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  2. ^ Coupe, A. R. (1 January 2007). A Grammar of Mongsen Ao. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110198522.
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chungli". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.