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The Language of the Modhupur Mandi (Garo) V-III By Robbins Burling

The Language of the Modhupur Mandi (Garo) V-III By Robbins Burling

The Garo language may be spoken by as many as 1000,000 people in Northeastern India and neighboring parts of Bangladesh, making it the third-largest Tibeto-Burman language of the eastern border, surpassed only by Meithei and, perhaps, by Kokborok. The largest number of Garo speakers live in the Garo Hills of western Meghalaya where Garo is the dominant language. It is spoken not only by the Garos themselves but by other long term residents of the district. Garo is used as the medium of primary education and an increasing number of publications appear in the language.

This book is by far the most complete description of the Garo language ever published. Its focus is on the dialect of Garo that is spoken in Bangladesh and that is called “”Mandi”” by its speakers. All dialects of Garo are mutually intelligible, however, and most of what is described here is true of the dialects spoken in the Garo Hills as well. Where the dialects differ, Burling explains what these differences are The book describes all aspects of the pronunciation and grammar of the language.


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