LINGUISTIC AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESOURCES FOR MISHMI

 

The Mishmi languages consist of three languages, Kman, Idu and Tawr, spoken in the Northeast of Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India. Of these, Kman shows no obvious relationship with the other two. Idu and Tawr have common features, but whether they are genetically related remains unclear. I have argued this is based on a mistaken approach to historical linguistics. Fieldwork has been conducted in this region since 2015. The teams working on individual languages are named on the appropriate pages.

Year

Title

Type

2015

The languages and cultures of the Mishmi peoples.Tezu, 6th March, 2015, CALSOM

Powerpoint

2015

Mishmi language development. Tezu, 29th December, 2015, CALSOM

Powerpoint

2017

Kman language development and its relation to Mishmi. Tezu, 2nd February, 2017, CALSOM

Powerpoint

2017

The Mishmi languages, Idu, Tawra and Kman: a mismatch between cultural and linguistic relations. La Trobe University, 8-10th February, 2017. Workshop of the International Consortium for the Prehistory of the Eastern Himalayas.

Powerpoint

2017

The Mishmi languages, Idu, Tawra and Kman: a mismatch between cultural and linguistic relations. Text for the above workshop

Paper

2017

The register system of the Mishmi languages, Idu, Tawra and Kman and the problem of a unitary concept of language. Linguistics seminar University of Bielefeld, 17th May, 2017

Powerpoint

2017

From stone (bowls) to iron without ceramics; questioning narratives of Neolithisation via the ethnohistory of Northeast India. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 5th June, 2017

Powerpoint

2018

The journey of the dead in NE India: eschatology of the Idu and Kman. Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh 23rd February 2018.

Powerpoint

2018

Assessing the language situation in Arunachal Pradesh and policy for developing scripts and their use in education. Research Department, Arunachal Pradesh State Museum. Itanagar, 28th February 2018

Powerpoint

2018

The development of a script for the Mishmi languages: launching of Idu and Kman reading and writing materials. Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh 21st February 2018

Powerpoint

 

Pages on individual languages

 

Kman

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Idu

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Tawr

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Map showing approximate location of Mishmi peoples

 

Mishmi map

 

 

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