Apatani is a member of the Western Tani branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken mainly in the Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India, particularly in the villages of Hong, Hari, Biilla, Dutta, Hija, Mudang-Tage, and Bamin Michi in the Lower Subransiri district. There are also speakers of Tani in the states of Assam and Nagaland. In 2011 44,800 people spoke Apatani, which is also known as Apa or Tanw.
Until the early 21st century, there was no standard way to write Apatani. A number of spelling systems using the Latin alphabet have been proposed - the one shown below is the modified Roman Script (MRS) for Apatani. A new alphabet for Tani languages, known as the Tani Lipi, was invented in 2001.
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