As the rest of India hastily rushes to finish off preparations for the Delhi Commonwealth Games, a team of National Geographic researchers are conducting investigations on the opposite side of the country; and finding more than they bargained for.
Initially setting course along the country's North-Eastern Tibetan border in pursuit of their latest documentary 'Enduring Voices', the team wanted to conduct research into two tribal Hruso languages 'Aka' and 'Miji'. Yet, by a chance encounter, they stumbled upon another native tongue, the Koro language.
Believed to be spoken by only 800 to 1,200 people, this newly discovered dialect is said to be used only amongst a handful of individuals throughout various communities in the remote Arunachal Pradesh region of India. Composed of unique terms for numbers, body parts and other basic vocabulary, researchers claim that even the speakers of Koro themselves didn't realise they had such a distinctive lingo; yet that isn't the strangest part of this discovery.
Although possessing their own form of speech, members of the Koro language still integrate and share many traditions and cultures with their fellow Aka and Miji companions. It is therefore curious as to how their dialect has managed to survive for so long, with so much of their community sharing common identities with other surrounding localities. However, it may not be as unusual as would first seem, for as the director of the research group states, 'the Arachunal region is home to a rich diversity of ethnic minorities, all with their own particular speech patterns'. It appears that the Koro language is merely one that has only just recently been recognised by the rest of the world's ears.
Much more in-depth investigations still need to be made into the origins and unlikely survival of this specific branch of Tibeto-Burman dialect, but all shall be revealed in time. For now, all we can do is add the Koro dialect to the current list of roughly 6700 languages throughout the globe, taking its rightful place alongside all other phraseologies.
And so, as the tongues of the world descend upon Delhi this October, just remember the far Northern district of Aruchanal; where an unknown one has finally been recognised.
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