Thursday, March 4, 2010

Nagamese-Our Lingua Franca

This exclusive but very effectual language has not only found a foremost place in our daily dialogues but even prominent directors/producers are now implementing it in their own works by promoting actors and singers . As Nagas we have the right to express and communicate with our compatriots. Nagamese has structured an overpass between Nagas from all zones and others living in Nagaland.

Having said that, we have to ponder upon what really is the future of this popular lingua franca. Will it have a literary basis in the near future?  Our multi-dialects will slowly cease to exist, of course they will continue in the form of Bibles, Sunday Schools or some books in respective dialects. I often wonder about a different Nagaland IF this blended Assamese+Bangla+Hindi - Nagamese was never there. Probably like any other State in India, we would be communicating in Hindi, English and of course our rich multi dialects. Moreover, I doubt we would be simmering about ‘us’ Nagas being discriminated elsewhere outside Nagaland just because we [majority] don’t know how to speak Hindi fluently. (Apparently we may not be able to change our looks but we can at least learn how to speak and write like others).

Full report here Morung Express

1 comment:

  1. I think that the whole world needs a modern lingua franca, as well :)

    My vote goes to the planned language, Esperanto. I say this as a native English speaker!

    Your readers may be interested in the following video which can be seen at Professor Piron was a translator for the United Nations in Geneva

    A glimpse of the Esperanto language can be seen at