Nicobarese

"Nicobarese" redirects here. For the indigenous peoples, see Nicobarese people.
Nicobarese
Ethnicity: Nicobarese people
Geographic
distribution:
Nicobar Islands
Linguistic classification: Austroasiatic
  • Nicobarese
Subdivisions:
  • Car
  • Chaura–Teressa
  • Central
  • Southern
Ethnologue code: 17-1296

The Nicobar Islands. Car is at top.

The Nicobarese or Nicobaric languages form an isolated group of half a dozen closely related Austroasiatic languages, spoken by the majority of the inhabitants of the Nicobar Islands of India. They have a total of about 30,000 speakers (22,100 native). The majority of Nicobarese speakers use the Car language.

They appear to be at best distantly related to the Shompen languages of the indigenous inhabitants of the interior of Great Nicobar Island.[1]

The morphological similarities between Nicobarese and Austronesian languages have been used to help support the Austric hypothesis.

Nicobarese languages

From north to south:

  • Car
  • Chaura–Teressa: Chaura (Sanenya), Teressa (Bompoka dialect)
  • Central Nicobarese languages: Nancowry, Camorta, Katchal
  • Southern Nicobarese or 'Sambelong'

Further reading

  • Adams, K. L. (1989). Systems of numeral classification in the Mon–Khmer, Nicobarese and Aslian subfamilies of Austroasiatic. Canberra, A.C.T., Australia: Dept. of Linguistics, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University. ISBN 0-85883-373-5
  • Radhakrishnan, R. (1981). The Nancowry Word: Phonology, Affixal Morphology and Roots of a Nicobarese Language. Current Inquiry Into Language and Linguistics 37. Linguistic Research Inc., P.O. Box 5677, Station 'L', Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6C 4G1. ISBN 0-88783-041-2

See also

  • Shompen languages

References

External links

  • The Nicobarese by Dr. Simron Jit Singh

Template:Austro-Asiatic languages

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.