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Naga, Tase

A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: nst

Population 55,389 in Myanmar (2000). Population total all countries: 100,389.
Region Northwestern Myanmar. Also spoken in India.
Alternate names   Cham Chang, Rangpan, Tase, Tangsa, Tasey
Dialects Gashan, Hkaluk, Sangche, Saukrang, Langshin, Mawrang, Myimu, Sangtai, Tulim, Longri. Some dialects are widely divergent. Close to Nocte Naga.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Jingpho-Konyak-Bodo, Konyak-Bodo-Garo, Konyak
Language development Roman script in India. Radio programs. TV. NT: 1992.
Comments SOV.

Also spoken in:

India

Language name   Naga, Tase
Population 45,000 in India (2001 Chamchang).
Region Southeastern Arunachal Pradesh, Changlang District, Eastern Hills, Tirap River valley and Namchik area; Assam.
Alternate names   Cham Chang, Rangpan, Tangsa, Tasey
Dialects Have (Havoy), Higsho, Higtsii, Kimsing (Khemsing, Chamchang), Longphi (Longkhi), Lungchang, Lungri, Miti, Moklum, Mosang, Mungray (Morang), Ngemu, Ponthai, Rongrang, Ronrang (Poerah), Sangche, Sangwal, Sanke (Shangge, Sechu), Taipi, Tikhak, Tonglim, Yogli (Jugli), Yongkuk (Yukok).
Language use Tase Naga is the language of the home, village. All ages. Positive language attitude. Most know market Hindi and Assamese. Assamese is preferred over Hindi. Only educated can speak Burmese, English, or Singpho fluently.
Language development Literacy rate in second language: 8.8% (male 14.8%, female 3.2%) (Muanthanga 1997) or 70% (Chamchang 2001).
Comments 'Tase' is the name of the language; 'Tangsa' of the people. 'Tangsa' means 'hill people'. A Scheduled Tribe in India. There may be up to 36 subtribes of Tangsa (Rai 2000). Interview with Chamchang indicated that 'Tangsa' is used for both people and language. Kimsing dialect speakers can understand all dialects well, possibly sufficient to understand complex discourse. Kimsing is similar to Tutsa. Higsho is similar to Nocte. Kimsing has most speakers and is most influential. (Chamchang 2001). Hills. Agriculturalists: rice, maize, oil rape seed, potatoes. Traditional religion, Christian, Buddhist.