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Encyclopedia > Bodo language
Bodo
Spoken in: India, with a few small communities in Nepal
Total speakers: 603,000: 600,000 in India (1997), 3,301 in Nepal (2001)
Language family: Sino-Tibetan
 Tibeto-Burman
  Jingpho-Konyak-Bodo
   Konyak-Bodo-Garo
    Bodo-Garo
     Bodo 
Official status
Official language of: Assam (India)
Regulated by: no official regulation
Language codes
ISO 639-1: none
ISO 639-2: sit
ISO/DIS 639-3: brx 

Bodo is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by the Bodo people of north-eastern India and Nepal. The language is one of the official languages of the Indian state of Assam, and is one of 22 scheduled languages given a special constitutional status in India. Current distribution of Human Language Families Most languages are known to belong to language families. ... Sino-Tibetan languages form a language family of about 250 languages of East Asia, second only to Indo-European in terms of the number of speakers. ... The Tibeto-Burman linguistic subfamily of the proposed Sino-Tibetan language family is spoken in various central and south Asian countries: Myanmar (the Burmese language as well as the languages of minorities like the Karens and Kachins), Tibet (Tibetan language), northern Thailand (Lahu, Lisu, Akha languages), southern China, Nepal, Bhutan... Assam (Assamese: অসম Ôxôm) is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Dispur. ... ISO 639-1 is the first part of the ISO 639 international-standard language-code family. ... ISO 639-2:1998 Codes for the representation of names of languages — Part 2: Alpha-3 code Twenty-two of the languages have two three-letter codes: a code for bibliographic use (ISO 639-2/B) a code for terminological use (ISO 639-2/T). ... ISO 639-3 is in process of development as an international standard for language codes. ... The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is a system of phonetic notation devised by linguists to accurately and uniquely represent each of the wide variety of sounds (phones or phonemes) used in spoken human language. ... Phonetics (from the Greek word φωνή, phone = sound/voice) is the study of sounds (voice). ... Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... This is a concise version of the International Phonetic Alphabet for English sounds. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Tibeto-Burman linguistic subfamily of the proposed Sino-Tibetan language family is spoken in various central and south Asian countries: Myanmar (the Burmese language as well as the languages of minorities like the Karens and Kachins), Tibet (Tibetan language), northern Thailand (Lahu, Lisu, Akha languages), southern China, Nepal, Bhutan... A Bodo girl in the traditional Bodo dokhna The Bodos, also called the Boros, are an ethnic community that is concentrated mostly in the north-western parts of Assam in India. ... Assam (Assamese: অসম Ôxôm) is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Dispur. ... India has a diverse list of spoken languages among different groups of people. ...

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Classification and related languages

Bodo language, a branch of the Tibeto-Burman family of language is a rich language. It is a major language of the Bodo group under the Assam-Burmese group of language. It shares some common features in respect of vocabulary, phonology, morphology and syntax with other sister languages of the Bodo group. The Tibeto-Burman linguistic subfamily of the proposed Sino-Tibetan language family is spoken in various central and south Asian countries: Myanmar (Burmese language), Tibet (Tibetan language), northern Thailand (Mong language), Nepal, Bhutan, India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and the Ladakh region of...


It is closely related to the Dimasa language of Assam and the Garo language of Meghalaya. It is also a very closely related language of Kokborok language spoken in Tripura. The Dimasa Kacharis greatly inhabit the northern half of the North Cachar Hills and ravines of the Jatinga valley and the adjoining tract. ... Assam (Assamese: অসম Ôxôm) is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Dispur. ... Garo is the language of the majority of the people of the Hills which bear their name in the state of Meghalaya of India. ... Meghalaya (मेघालय in Devanāgarī) is a small state in north-eastern India. ... Kokborok (also spelled Kakborok or Kok Borok) is the native language of the Tripuri people in the Indian state of Tripura and its neighbouring areas of Bangladesh. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Tripura Tripura (Bengali: ত্রিপুরা, Hindi: त्रिपुरा) is a state in North-east India. ...


History

In the aftermath of socio-political awakening and movement launched by the Bodo organizations since 1913, the language was introduced as the medium of instruction (1963) in the primary schools in Bodo dominated areas. Now a day the language has been recognized as the medium of instruction up to the secondary level and an associate official language in the state of Assam. The language has attained a position of pride with the opening of the Post-Graduate course in Bodo language and literature in the University of Guwahati in 1996. The Bodo language has to its credit large number of books on poetry, drama, short story, novel, biography, travelogue, children's literature and literary criticism. Assam (Assamese: অসম Ôxôm) is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Dispur. ... Guwahati is a city in India, often considered to be the gateway to the north-east part of the country. ...


Dialects

Chote, Mech. Related to Dimasa, Tripuri, Lalunga, Boro (of the Boro community) The Dimasa Kacharis greatly inhabit the northern half of the North Cachar Hills and ravines of the Jatinga valley and the adjoining tract. ... The Tripuri people are the original inhabitants of the state of Tripura in North East India. ...


Script

The language is officially written using the Devanagari script, although it also has a long history of using the Roman script. Some researchers have suggested that the language originally used a now-lost script called Deodhai. च् + छ = च्छ Devanagari in Unicode The Unicode range for Devanagari is U+0900 . ... The Latin alphabet, also called the Roman alphabet, is the most widely used alphabetic writing system in the world. ...


See Also

A Bodo girl in the traditional Bodo dokhna The Bodos, also called the Boros, are an ethnic community that is concentrated mostly in the north-western parts of Assam in India. ... On November 16, 1952, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha, the vanguard of Bodo language and literature, was founded at Basugaon, in the district of Kokrajhar, Assam consisting of representatives of Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Nepal in abroad. ... Kokborok (also spelled Kakborok or Kok Borok) is the native language of the Tripuri people in the Indian state of Tripura and its neighbouring areas of Bangladesh. ...

External links

  • bodolandcouncil.org Official website of Bodoland Territorial Council.
  • bodoland.org

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