Bishnupriya Manipuri Language
Language is mainly spoken by Bishnupriya Manipuris, a Indo-Aryan
group of people who lived in Manipur(A North Eastern state of
India) long before the advent of Hinduism mixing and intermingling
racially and culturally with the Meiteis but were driven out due
to population pressure,inter-racial conflicts and political events.
Though some of the people later identified with the Meiteis, most
of them didn't submitted to the Meiteis to retain a separate identity
and language. A great majority of the speakers fled away from
Manipur and took refuge in Assam, Tripura, Sylhet and Cachar during
eighteen and nineteenth century due to internal conflicts among
the princes of Manipur and due to Burmese attack. This Language
is now spoken in parts of Assam, Tripura, Manipur( Jiribam, Bishnupur,
Ningthaukhong)) in India ,in Bangladesh, in Burma and some other
MANIPURI: A PROFILE
Language Name: Bishnupriya
Alternative names: Vishnupriya,
Vishnupriya Manipuri, Bishnupuria, Bishnupuria Manipuri,
Mayang, Imarthar, BM, BPM
India (Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh),Bangladesh
(Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Sunamganj, Dhaka), Myanmar
and some other overseas countries.
Number of Speakers:
Source: Close proximity
both with the Magadhi Prakrit and Suraseni-Maharastri Prakrit,
highly influenced by Meitei and Sanskrit. Some characteristics
of Hindi, some denoting terms and a little influence of
Bengali and Assamese incorporated.
about 10,000 words of Sanskrit, 8,000 of Tadvava (words
derived from OIA), 6,000 of its own and 4000 of Meitei.
Dialects: (1) Rajar
Gang(Kings Village) and (2) Madoi Gang (Queens village).
This site offers a introduction
on history, origin and development of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language,
the grammar, script and vocabulary, facts and documents relating
language movement for recognition of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language
and a language tutorial.
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