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Living Tongues Greater South Asia Languages Project

Ho Language
Another of the Kherwarian Munda languages, Ho [hoc] is spoken in two rather distinct varieties in southern Jharkhand and Northern Orissa (Mayurbhanj district). Despite having close to a million and a half speakers, Ho is doubly marginalized in the local mindset, firstly as a low-status tribal language, and secondly dismissed as a debased form of the already devalued Mundari language, to which it is a relatively close sister language.

Ho has been under investigation by Living Tongues since 2005, with KC Naik as the primary consultant. The initial recordings for the Ho Talking Dictionary and Online Grammar Project were made in 2007 with Chandra Mohan Haibru serving as the primary consultant. Both of these speakers represent the Mayurbhanj (Orissa) Ho dialect.

In 2008, Living Tongues Institute Fellow Anna Pucilowski traveled to Ranchi and Chaibasa to begin a full-scale documentation of Ho and made thousands of recordings in audio and video for the Ho Talking Dictionary and Online Grammar in the Jharkhandi dialect.  Living Tongues Institute Fellow and Ho language activist Dr. Bhubaneswar Sawaiyan has been assisting Anna.  http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/langhotspots/Ho/index.html

 

  Ho Project Sample Videos


Ho Wedding: Anya Juri Bhanua: Aandi


Ho language origin myth as told by K. C. Naik Biruli
  Ho Myth Origin          Hermit Story

 

Ho Language Audio Files and Transcriptions

Bird
moja
Black
hende
Bone
dʒ
Cloud
rimil
Come
ale
Dog
seta
Egg
dʒarom
Eight
irlija
Eye
meɖ̚
Feather
ĩjel
Fire
sengel
Fish
haku

Fish
hai

Five
moja
Fly
roko
Forest,  Jungle
buru
Four
upunija
Give
em
Head
boːʔo
Hundred
moe hisi
Hundred
mi so
Man
ho[:]
Nine
arija
One
maja
One
mido
One
mijanɖ̚
Red
dʒenɡa
Salt
buluŋ
Seven
aija
Six
turuja
Star
ipil
Ten
ɡeleja

Ten
gel

Three
apija
Tongue
leʔe
Twenty
hisi
Two
barija
Vomit
ule
Wash
oɽa
Water
daʔa
White
punɖi
Yellow
sasaŋ
           
 

Sample of Ho writing

 

More on Munda Languages Project and the Munda Languages (pg 2)
 

 
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