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Chin, Mara

A language of India

ISO 639-3: mrh

Population 22,000 in India (1997). Population total all countries: 42,000.
Region Mizoram, Chhimtuipui District, 60 villages. Also spoken in Myanmar.
Alternate names   Lakher, Zao, Maram, Mira, Mara
Dialects Tlongsai (Tlosai-Siaha), Hlawthai. Close to Shendu. Reported to be affiliated with Lai (Haka Chin). Tlosai-Siaha dialect is the lingua franca of all Mara (Singh).
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Kuki-Chin-Naga, Kuki-Chin, Southern
Language use Speakers also use Mizo or English.
Language development Taught in primary schools since 1978. Roman script. Bible: 1956–2002.
Comments A Scheduled Tribe in India. A subgroup of Mizo (Lushai). SOV. Christian.

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Language name   Chin, Mara
Population 20,000 in Myanmar (1994).
Region Lushai Hills.
Alternate names   Mara, Lakher, Zao, Maram, Mira
Dialects Tlongsai, Hlawthai, Sabeu.