80 Tribal Languages of NE Facing Threat of Extinction

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The tribal languages of North East are facing a serious threat of extinction and 196 languages of India are in danger out of which 80 tribal languages of North East are also facing the risk.

It may be mentioned that 80 languages of eight states of Northeast are facing the serious threat and 21 mother languages are on the verge of being extinct. Along with national entity, the tribal languages are on the verge of extinct in Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland other than Assam.

According to a recent survey, the numbers of Naga Taba tribe of Manipur have come down to 870. On the other hand, the number of Naga Poyome tribe of Manipur has 3000 people and the number of people who have kept alive the language of Moyon tribe is 3700.

Moreover, the number of Chinte tribe of Manipur who has kept alive its language is 10, 200, Nathini Tribe 13,000 and Posori tribe is 17,000.

As per the survey, Meghalaya has 34 tribes out of which many mother language are in the verge of extinct.  The population of Etong tribe in Meghalaya at present is 4,600 and the number of people who have kept alive the Dojongha tribe of Meghalaya is 11,000.

The above mentioned data are just an example but there are around as many as 80 tribes who are facing serious threat of extinct of mother languages.

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