Mizo language

Mizo Language

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The Mizo language (Mizo: Mizo ṭawng) is natively spoken by Mizo people in Mizoram, a state in the Indian Union; Chin State of Burma and in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The language is also known as Lushai (by the Colonial British), as Lusei people are the first clan who have an external exposure. For this reason, even in most of modern writings Lushai (or Lusei) is being used instead of Mizo.

History

The Mizo language is the Kuki-Chin branch of the Tibeto-Burman group of languages. The numerous clans of the Mizo had respective dialects, amongst which the Lushai (Lusei, by Mizo themselves) dialect was most common, and which subsequently became the Mizo language and the lingua franca of the Kuki-Chin people due to its extensive and exclusive used by the Christian missionaries.

Writing System

Christian missionaries started developing a script for the language by adopting the Italian pronunciation of the Roman alphabet with a phonetic form of spelling based on the Hunterian system of transliteration. The 25 letters used for writing in Mizo language are:
a, aw, b, ch, d, e, f, g, ng, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, ṭ, u, v, z.


Sounds

Later there were some developments in the letters where the symbol ^ was added to the vowel in the word to indicate long tone, viz., â, ê, î, ô, û...
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