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Assam Karbi Language
History and Origin
Karbi language is also known as Arleng or Mikir language. This language is widely spoken by Karbi people of Assam. The position of this language is still unclear and it belongs to Tibeto Burman language family. Bradley and Shafer classify this language as and aberrant Kukish branch. Like other languages of the North east and also of the hill tribes, Karbi does not have its own script and also is written in Roman alphabet, sometimes in Assamese alphabet even. Moreover the earlier written texts were demonstrated by Christan missionaries especially by the Catholic church and American Baptist Mission. They brought out a newspaper in Karbi and titled it as Birta. Furthermore they published many dictionaries and also the first ethnographic details on Karbi were published in 1925. Also many important books on Karbi and Karbi grammar and languages came into existence in this period. Additionally Karbis have rich oral tradition and contains The Mosera which is a lengthy folk which narrates the migration and origin ordeal of the Karbis. In fact many people of the Karbi community argue that Sabin Alun is an alteration from Ramayana. It was composed when few Karbi people were changed into Hinduism.
Dialects of Karbi language
This language has little dialect diversity except the Armi dialect. This dialect is distinct enough and is considered as a separate Karbi language.
Dr. Nathan brown introduced and published grammatical notes on Assamese language. It includes the grammar of the Karbi language even which clinched two very crucial issues of the day. It give it the recognition of the much superior in beauty and softness and secondly the language emerged as a system of imparting formal and the institutional education. Later on Karbi grammar appeared in the year in 1966. There were many authors who use all English alphabets to write Karbi. Many famous and renowned authors wrote many books, novels and scripts in Karbi language.