Photo: Mr. Dorji Khandu Thongdok, gambura of Thungri village
Dorji Khandu Thongdok, a speaker of Sherdukpen, in Thungri village, Arunachal Pradesh

Photograph by K. David Harrison

The Enduring Voices team, including Dr. Greg Anderson, Dr. David Harrison, Jeremy Fahringer, Opino Gomango, and Dr. Ganesh Murmu, visited five endangered language communities in Arunachal Pradesh, India, in December 2011.

One goal of the trip was to expand and continue our documentation of the Hruso Aka and Koro Aka languages, which we began in 2008. Koro Aka has been a priority for us in part because, prior to our research, it was not acknowledged or listed in the scientific record as a distinct language, nor were any recordings available. Koro remains a mystery in terms of its position within the Tibeto-Burman language family. Our comparative work will help scientists understand where it fits and how it has evolved within the Eastern India Language Hotspot.

Click here to read a full report of the 2011 Arunachal Pradesh, India Expedition. (PDF)

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