Mru language


Mru language
Mru
Spoken in Bangladesh, Burma
Native speakers 50,000  (no date)
Language family
Sino-Tibetan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mro
A group of Mrus foraging in the hills
The Mru people and language are located in the lower right hand corner of the map of Bangladesh

The Mru language is a part of Tibeto-Burman languages and one of the recognized languages of Bangladesh.

It is spoken by a community of Mros (Mru) inhabiting the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and also in Burma with a population of 21,963 in Bangladesh according to the 1991 census. The Mros are the 2nd largest tribal group in Bandarban District of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. A small group of Mros also live in Rangamati Hill District.

The Mru language is considered "definitely endangered" by UNESCO in June 2010.[1]

It is one of the Tibeto-Burman languages that is difficult to classify and has marginal affiliations with Burmic. Mru and Meithei in India, Bangladesh, and Burma, would appear close to the Kukish languages.[2] However, although once classified as Kukish, the Mru language is thought to be closer to Lolo–Burmese.[3]

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