Dimapur, September 15: An Anglo-Lotha dictionary was released today at Wokha by Advisor to IT, S & Tech and N&RE, Mmhonlumo Kikon during the monthly District Planning and Development Board meeting held on September 15 at Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall, Wokha.
Mmhonlumo Kikon thanked the Department of Art & Culture and Lotha Academy for coming together in publishing the Anglo-Lotha dictionary.
Kikon said that the department has a lot of other activities and programme on promoting Art & Culture of the State, showcasing our rich traditional and heritage to the world, yet this initiation is very significant for the Naga people, as activities may come and go, but the book will remain.
He also thanked Yanbeni Yanthan and Dr. Imlienla Imchen, Asstt. Professor Centre for Naga Tribal Language Studies, Nagaland University, who have taken the initiative.
He added that in this day and age there is a realization that there should be a book or dictionary in our own language.
Director of Art & Culture, Adela Moa said that in 2018, the Planning Department had asked the Art & Culture department to take up some programme of the Tribal Research Institute (TRI) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs Government of India (GOI) to bring out dictionary of different Naga languages in one such programme.
Against this backdrop, the Directorate of Art & Culture along with Yanbeni Yanthan and Dr. Imlienla Imchen collaborated to document the regional language of the Nagas, starting out first with the Lotha language. The book is the first Naga regional dictionary to use the International Phonetic Alphabet which she believed will be beneficial for the Lotha language speakers as well as students and scholars to use the phonetic transcription for pronunciation.
On behalf of the people of the District Vice/Chairman DPDB Wokha and DC Wokha, Orenthung Lotha thanked the Department for this initiation.
The board also recommended to the higher authority for consideration on up-gradation of Government High School Sanis to Government Higher Secondary School.
(Page News Service)