|Linguistic classification||possibly Sino-Tibetan or an independent family|
The Digaro (Digarish), Northern Mishmi (Mishmic), or Kera'a–Tawrã languages are a small family of possibly Sino-Tibetan languages spoken by the Mishmi people of southeastern Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh.
The languages are Idu and Taraon (Digaro, Darang).
They are not related to the Southern Mishmi Midzu languages, apart from possibly being Sino-Tibetan. However, Blench and Post (2011) suggests that they may not even be Sino-Tibetan, but rather an independent language family of their own.
Blench (2014) classifies the Digaro languages as part of the Greater Siangic group of languages.
Autonyms and exonyms for Digaro-speaking peoples, as well as Miju (Kaman), are given below (Jiang, et al. 2013:2-3).
|Taraon name||Kaman name||Idu name||Assamese name|
|Taraon people||da31 raŋ53||tɕi31 moŋ35||tɑ31 rɑŋ35||Digaru; |
|Kaman people||tɕɑu53||kɯ31 mɑn35||mi31 tɕu55||Midzu|
dju55 ta31 rɑŋ53;
|i53 du55||Chulikata Mishmi|
|Zha people 扎人||tɕɑ31 kʰen55||tɕɑ31 kreŋ35||—||—|
|Tibetan people||lɑ31 mɑ55;
mi31 si55 pu53
Idu, Tawra, Kman, and Meyor all share a system of multiple language registers, which are (Blench 2016):