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A Workshop on Indigenous Language in Arunachal

A Workshop on Indigenous Language in Arunachal
February 04
15:43 2016

An international level multi-tribal workshop on indigenous language documentation, organized by Modi Welfare Society, was held at Napit village, Arunachal Pradesh on January 25 to 29 last.

The event called ‘Training and Resources for Indigenous Community Linguists’ (TRICL) was attended by young linguists from various tribes of Arunachal and other Northeastern states like Adi, Galo, Idu, Tawrã, Kman (Mishmi), Wancho, Karbi, Aimol and Monsang.

A host of scholars of international repute graced as resource persons including Prof Scott DeLancey (University of Oregon, USA), Dr Linda Konnerth (University of Oregon, USA), Dr Pavel Ozerov (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Dr Stephen Morey (LaTrobe University, Australia), Dr Uta Reinöhl (University of Cologne, Germany) and Dr Mark W Post (University of New England, Australia), besides Yankee Modi (University of Berne, Switzerland) and Zilpha Modi (Rajiv Gandhi University), who acted as local coordinators.

During the event, the young tribal linguists received complimentary recording equipment and were given training on using it and documenting their languages using modern-day linguistic techniques.

At the same time, the event formed a support and resource network between young tribal linguists, also joining them with the international scholars who attended.

The event built a direct link between tribal language communities whose languages are highly endangered and the local and international scholarly communities who are concerned on research and preservation.

The event was inaugurated by Jokut Modi, president, Modi Welfare Society who said that this humble imitative will surely make a lasting impression on indigenous communities in Northeast region.

The Adi community was represented by Maktil Apum, asstt general secretary, Adi Agom Kebang, a linguistic forum of the Adi community of Siang Valley who also expressed the urgent need for preservation of endangered tribal languages.

- Echo of Arunachal


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