The linguistic map includes the geographical distribution
and location of all the languages belonging to different
language families spoken in the entire Noth-Eastern part
of India. In fact this is the first such attempt in the
construction of a full fledged linguistic map of the region.
It is the result of an extensive survey and field work
done in this area by the collaborator in this project
from Gauhati University since the last decade. Apart from
such a survey all relevant published material available
in these languages have been consulted. In this regard
the pioneering work of Grierson's Linguistic Survey of
India and the works of other Western officials and missionaries
must be made. Also mention must be made about the various
departments of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland
Bhasa Parishad and also the various vernacular miscellaneous
publications of native speakers of various N.E. languages.
thanks are due to various colleagues in the language departments
of the Universities of Nagaland and Manipur, whose comments
and suggestions helped us a lot in preparing this map.
We take this opportunity to place on record the gratitude
we owe to Prof. Robins Burling, Professor Emeritus, Michigan
Unviersity, for making us available his preliminary draft
of a paper on the Tibeto Burman languages of North-East