The classification of the Naga languages of north-east India.
The Naga languages, spoken by numerous tribes
in the hills near the northern part of India's
frontier with Burma, are usually included together
in the Tibeto-Burman family, but differ considerably
one from another and cannot be reckoned one
homogeneous group. In this work, an attempt Is
made to classify them, both amongst themselves, and
also in relationship to the Tibeto-Burman family,
and to indicate elements which may be of other
I begin by considering aims md methods, the
name 'Naga’, the location and distribution of the
tribes, and the history of Naga linguistic studies.
The Naga languages are then compared In detail with
one another, and with neighbouring languages, a the
levels of phonology, morphology, vocabulary and syntax.
By cross-comparison of the results so obtained,
a final classification is suggested. The pattern
of language grouping which emerges is reasonably
clear, but must be considered provisional, because
of the limitations of the available sources.