IT Advisor, S&T and N&RE, Mmhonlumo Kikon publishes the “Anglo-Lotha Dictionary” at the Wokha District Planning and Development Council meeting held on September 15th. (Photo DIPR)
Councilor Kikon congratulates the Department of Art and Culture, Lotha Academy and Professors Yanbeni Yanthan and Dr Imlienla Imchen
Wokha, September 15 (MExN): An Anglo-Lotha dictionary was published on September 15 at the monthly meeting of the Wokha District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) by IT Advisor, S&T and N&RE, Mmhonlumo Kikon.
At the meeting held at the Deputy Commissioner Conference Hall in Wokha, Kikon expressed gratitude to the Department of Arts and Culture (DA&C) and Lotha Academy for coming together to publish the dictionary, which, has he noted, was important to the Lotha community.
The advisor also praised Yanbeni Yanthan and Dr Imlienla Imchen, assistant professor, Center for Naga Tribal Language Studies, Nagaland University for taking the initiative to pull out the dictionary with correctly assigned phonetic symbols, according to a DIPR report.
While the relevant department has undertaken many activities and programs to promote the state’s art and culture, he said that the DA&C initiative to document the regional language of the Nagas is very important to the Naga people. .
Stating that activities can come and go but the book will stay, he expressed hope that it will be used properly.
Giving an overview of the initiative, DA&C Director Adela Moa informed that the Planning Department asked DA&C in 2018 to take over a Tribal Research Institute (TRI) program under the Department of Tribal Affairs of government of India (GOI).
Publishing dictionaries of different Naga languages is one such program, she noted, adding that language is the basic foundation on which societies are built and the knowledge system maintained.
This is not only essential for communication, but it is the reservoir of the historical heritage of communities as well as the development of community literature, she said. Having a regional language database would allow interested individuals as well as academics to learn the language, she added.
According to the DIPR report, the Director of DA&C further stated that the “Anglo-Lotha Dictionary” was the first Naga regional dictionary to use the International Phonetic Alphabet and expressed the hope that it would be of benefit to speakers of the English language. Lotha language as well as for students and academics. , to use the phonetic transcription for pronunciation.
On behalf of the District Vice-President DPDB Wokha and DC Wokha, Orenthung Lotha thanked the Department for this initiative.
Meanwhile, the DPDB Wokha also recommended that the higher authority consider the possibility of moving from the Sanis public secondary school to the public upper secondary school.
The Ministry of Agriculture also presented a PowerPoint on ministry activities in the district. Chief Medical Officer Dr CW Tungoe also highlighted the COVID-19 scenario in the district.
The board also welcomed the following members, SP Wokha Menangmeren; Asstt. District Education Officer, K. RubyHumtsoe; SDEO Sanis, S. LichioYanthan; and WD (EVL), DFO DoyangH.TokughaChopy, adds the report.