Chungli Ao is a member of Kuki-Chin-Naga branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken by about 90,000 people in Nagaland in the northeast India, in particular in the villages of Molungkimong and Molungyimsen.
Chungli Ao is considered a prestige dialect of Ao, and spoken by about 50% of the Ao Naga people. Speakers of Mongsen Ao can generally speak Chungli Ao as well.
A way to write the Ao languages with the Latin alphabet, particularly Chungli Ao, was developed in the 1880s by Edward W. Clark, an American Christian missionary. Chungli Ao is taught in schools in the Mokokchung district, and is used in literature, including an online newspaper and a translation of the Bible.
Chungli Ao alphabet
A high tone can be indicated with an acute accent (á), a low tone can be marked with a grave accent (à), and a mid tone is not marked.
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