The Tangsa alphabet was created in 1990 by Mr Lakhum Mossang from Namphai Nong in Arunachal Pradesh in northern India to write the Tangsa language. Tangsa is a member of the Brahmaputran branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family spoken in the Sagaing Region and Kachin State in northern Myanmar / Burma, and in the northern Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
Tangsa is a group of more or less mutually intelligible dialects of languages. It is also known as Tase or Tase Naga. The Tangsa alphabet is specifically designed to write the Mossang (Muishvung / Muixshvungx) dialect of Tangsa, the native dialect of Lakhum Mossang.
Lakhum Mossang, who died in 2020, taught the script public events and festivals, and worked with community organisations, local government and schools to promote the script. In 2021 there were about 100 people using the script, and material for teaching it are being produced.
There is also a way to write Tangsa with the Latin alphabet.
Details provided by Biswajit Mandal (biswajitmandal[dot]bm90[at]gmail[dot]com) and Stephen Morey (moreystephen[at]hotmail[dot]com)
Information about the Tangsa alphabet and language
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