Coming soon: Dimasa Language Resource

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Photo of a young woman wearing glasses and traditional Dimasa dress


We are excited to announce the upcoming collection, Dimasa Language Resource! Read about the collection here, and stay tuned for the Dimasa collection in Fall 2022.


About the language

Dimasa (autonym /ɡɾawdima/; ISO 639-3 dis) is a language of the Bodo-Garo subfamily of Tibeto-Burman (Trans-Himalayan) language family. Dimasa is spoken by about 110,000 people in the Dima Hasao district of Assam, as well as in the lower portion of Karbi Anglong district (East), the Lower Crescent Region of the Nagaon district, and the Cachar district of Assam. Outside of Assam, there are populations in Dimapur (Nagaland) and Jiribam (Manipur).

About the resource 

The Dimasa Language Resource draws from a corpus of written and oral texts. The initial compilation was collected by Dhrubajit Langthasa, and analyzed by Langthasa and Jonathan Evans. The Evans-Langthasa corpus includes texts across a variety of genres including traditional stories and personal narratives. Presently, it is designed to serve as a resource for Dimasa community members. We welcome additions to the corpus from other community members and researchers.


The research was sponsored by grants from Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology and the US National Science Foundation. Language materials in the Evans-Langthasa collection have been collected and analyzed with funding assistance from a Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology Grant (108-2410-H-001-048-MY3) and a National Science Foundation Grant (2023#1953296). The authors also gratefully acknowledge the assistance and encouragement of Shobhana Chelliah.


Read about the collection in Dimasa: 

Dimasarao ni graothai, Graodima, ni khaojep

Ira ha Dimasa ni kharmin, jarmin, rajapthai, sol odehe dara-para ni repthai odehe khurang khe thatsiba. Ibu khaojep ha dongyaba graothai ba repthai khe Dhrubajit Langthasa bojom khlaiba. Bojom khlaiyaba graothai odehe khurang buthu khe Dhrubajit Langthasa (University of North Texas) jang Jonathan Paul Evans (Academia Sinica) gini jang puri pa lai hi research khlai lai ba.

Ibu haba dang ma ne khlai hi rang juruba, Ministry of Science and Technology Grant, Taiwan (108-2410-H-001-048-MY3) odehe National Science Foundation, USA (2023#1953296). Repyarao Prof. Shobhana Chelliah ne bo ibu kusi ha gba ba ne khlai hi hamjaoma khasaoma yaophaladu.