Monday, February 21, 2011

Continuing the series of Rare Languages: A’tong

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A language of India

ISO 639-3aot
Population 4,600 in India. Population total all countries: 10,000.
Region Meghalaya state, Garo Hills; Assam, south Kamrup District. Also in Bangladesh.
Dialects Related to Koch [kdq], Rabha [rah].
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Jingpho-Konyak-Bodo, Konyak-Bodo-Garo, Bodo-Garo, Koch
Language use Many also use Garo [grt].
Comments Traditional religion.

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Language name  A’tong
Population 5,400 in Bangladesh.
Region Northern Netrokona District.
Language map Bangladesh
Alternate names Attong
Language use Will possibly become more mixed with the Abeng dialect of Garo [grt] and Bengali [ben]. Home, village. All ages, but many children can speak Abeng before starting school. Also use Abeng, which is used as LWC among all Mandi. Good proficiency in Bengali.
Comments Reckoned by themselves and other Garos to be Garos, but the languages not mutually intelligible with Garo. Peasants. Christian.

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