The Tanchangya language (IPA: [ˈtɒntʃɒŋɛ]) is one of the eleven indigenous languages in Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, and ethnic group in India & Myanmar. It is categories in Indo-Aryan languages, sub group of Indo Iranian branch of Indo-European language family, despite some scholars & opinion of Tibeto-Burman language family. 
|Region||Chittagong Hill Tracts, Mizoram, Tripura, Rakhine State|
|(22,000 cited 1991 census)|
Chakma says that Tanchangyas is ‘Real Chakma’; in private, However, A Tanchangya is Tanchangya. It has no reason why Tanchangya people is real Chakma. Moreover, he states that Tanchangya spoke a dialect slightly different from those of Chakmas. It is closely related to Chakma and Chittagonian. Tanchangya language is rich to some extent with its folklore in oral literature. But due to the result of negligence very few have paid attention to it. The language has inevitably intermixed with surrounded majority languages where they are living in Myanmar, India & Bangladesh.
Tanchangya Language is rooted in Indo-European languages. They are Pali, Sanskrit, Prakrit & other middle Indo-Aryan languages. The reason for being closest with the Bengali language is that because Bengali itself based on Pali, Sanskrit & Prakrit. They have adopted quite a number of words from Indo-Aryan, Tibeto-Burman, even Persian & Dutch.
Ancient Tanchangya languageEdit
Ancient Tanchangya’s words are believed to be the original words of Tanchangya since those words have been handing down a long time ago. It is not simply due to its earlier usage but it is universally understood by every Tanchangya despite any geographical distribution. According to Mr. Roti Kanta Tanchangya’s collection of some ancient Tanchangya words. 
|Awga (অগা)||Uneducated, uncivilised|
|Awnsur (অন্সুর্)||Regularly, always|
|Awnawpinaw (অন-পিন); Awnaw-sawnaw (অন- সনঅ)||Insane, foolish|
|Hawla (হলা)||Fry, thick shrub bushes|
|Awsangya (অসাঙ্যা); Besangya (বেসাঙ্যা)||An unmarriageable relation|
|A-uk/Aruk (আ-উক্, আরুক্)||Picture; Sketch|
Middle Indo AryanEdit
The ancient Indo-Aryan language, Sanskrit is the most influential language impacting on most of the present middle-Aryan languages such as without Hindi, and with Odiya, Bengali, and Assamese and even in Tanchangya language with distorted and half assimilated form. Though Tanchangya language is thought to be the Indo-Aryan language family, due to its long gap of meeting with Pāḷi and Sanskrit, their vocabularies are almost untraceable distorted forms. According to ‘Tanchangya Parichiti’ written by Biro Kumar Tanchangya of the words originated from Indo-Aryan.
|Manai, MManei, Manus, Manuit, (মানাই, মানেই, মানুইস্, মানুউত্)||Manussa/Manusa||Man|
|Ucu , Uju (উচু, উজু)||Uju (Pāḷi)||Straight|
Tanchangay language does not belong to Tibeto-Burman language family; however, till today there are many Buddhist religious’ terms are found in the Tanchangya Language. It is believed that after the establishment of first Myanmar Empire, the Bagan Dynasty in 11th Century AD, Myanmar language and its culture influence to the neighbouring tribes in many ways.
|Pullyang/Pillang, (পুল্ল্যাং পিলাং)||Palawng (Burmese)||A traditional cane-basket|
|Pullang (পুলাং)||Paleing (Burmese)||Bottle|
|Dama Tagawl (ডামা তাগল্)||Straight||Knife|
In Tanchangya language it could also find few vocabularies derived from Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, Turkish, Persian, French, English, and without Hindi.
|Awktaw (অক্ত)||Owakta (Arabic)||Time|
|Gamala/Gabala (গাবালা, গামালা)||Gamela (Portuguese)||Bucket|
|Balti (বাল্তি)||Balde (Portuguese)||Bucket|
Opinions on Tanchangya languageEdit
Outside Tanchangya tribe, there is a common belief that there is no difference at all between Tanchangya language and Chakma language. Such an instance can be seen at Dr. Satyakam Phukam’s article named “An Analysis of the Ethno-Linguistic Roots and Connections of the Chakma and Tanchangya People”. According to him, the similarity is much compared to the difference between the words between Chakma and Tanchangya.  In fact, there are some similar derivation and slight modification from “da’ in Chakma language with ‘ra’ in Tanchangya language. Such as hudu jawr?(Chakma) Kuri jawt?(Tanchangya) Where are you going? Hitte idu ejawr? (Chakma) Kiyo pagi iri asyawt? (Tanchangya) Why you are coming here? In these examples, although some similar derivation words are found, each full sentence has a distinct difference in terms of grammatical allocation and complete word.
|Bitsyawl (বিত্স্যল্)||Bijawl (বিজল্)||Smooth|
|Pawd (পদ্)||Jangal, pawt (জাঙাল্, পত্)||Road|
|Awna sawna (অন-সনঅ)||Suli sawlaw (সুলি সলঅ)||Half-brain|
|Dighawli (দিঘলি)||Diri, bilawng (দিরি, বিলং)||Long time|
- Tanchangya at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tangchangya". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- "In Search History of the Tanchangya Language". Tongchangya World. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
- Rupak-Debnath (2008): 167
- Roti Kanta Tanchangya (2000): 62-65
- "AN ANALYSIS OF THE ETHNO-LINGUISTIC ROOTS AND CONNECTIONS OF THE CHAKMA-TANCHANGYA PEOPLE" (PDF). Dr Satyakam Phukan's Webpages. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- Debnath, Rupak (2008), Ethnographic Study of Tanchangya of CHT, CADC, South Tripura and Sittwe, Kolkata: Kreativmind
- "Tanchangya Wikibook". 2014.
- "Tongchangya World". 2018.
- "Tanchangya Phrasebook". 2017.
- "Tanchangya". 2017.
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