Kokborok (ককবরক)

Kokborok is a member of the Brahmaputran branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken by about 953,000 people, mainly in the state of Tripura in the north east of India, and also in Assam. There are also about 5,000 speakers of Kokborok in the Chittagong and Sylhet divisions of Bangladesh along the border with India.

Kokborok is also known as Halam, Hill Tippera, Kakbarak, Kohkborohk, Kokbarak, Kokborok, Tipura, Tripura, Tripuri or Usipi Mrung. It has been an official language in Tripura since 1979, and has been taught and used as a medium of instruction in primary and secondary schools since the 1980s. There are also courses in Kokborok at Tripura University.

Written Kokborok

The earliest known writing in Kokborok dates from the 1st century AD, and was written in an alphabet known as Koloma. From 1897 Kokborok was written with the Bengali alphabet in the Kingdom of Tipra. Kokborok is now generaly written with the Latin alphabet. It also has its own script, known as the Aima, Koloma or Kokborok script which was invented recently, and is based on the ancient Koloma script.

Bengali alphabet for Kokborok

Bengali alphabet for Kokborok

Latin alphabet for Kokborok

Latin alphabet for Kokborok

Notes

Download an alphabet chart for Kokborok (Excel)

Hear how to pronounce Kokborok:

Sample text

Bebak borok o swngcharo fiyokjagwi achai'o tei bongi nanglai borom tei manthai tongo. Bohrok kwthang tongnani tei sinani hamari rijago tei buino bo chubana nango bufayung song kwthalaimani hamthamchibai.

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Details supplied by Biswajit Mandal (biswajitmandal[dot]bm90[at]gmail[dot]com), and Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample videos in Kokborok

Information about Kokborok | Numbers | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about Kokborok
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokborok
https://www.ethnologue.com/18/language/trp/
https://kokborokoml.tripura.gov.in/kokborok
https://www.indianetzone.com/44/kokborok_language.htm
https://bharatstories.in/about-kokborok-language/
https://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/tipp1238

Brahmaputran languages

Atong, Chang, Garo, Kokborok

Languages written with the Eastern Nagari (Bengali) alphabet

Atong, Bengali, Bhumij, Garo, Hajong, Kharia, Kokborok, Malto, Manipuri, Mundari, Rangpuri, Santali, Sylheti, Toto

Languages written with the Latin alphabet


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