|Region||Arunachal Pradesh, India and Shannan Prefecture, China|
Miji (autonym: Dmay), also Dhammai or Sajolang, is a cluster of possibly Sino-Tibetan languages in Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India. "Dialects" include at least two distinct languages, which are not particularly close, with only half of the vocabulary in common between the languages of East Kameng District and West Kameng District. Long assumed to be Sino-Tibetan languages, they may be a small independent language family.
There are 3 varieties of Miji.
Bangru, sometimes called Northern Miji, is more divergent. It is treated in a separate article.
According to Ethnologue, Miji is spoken in the following areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
I.M. Simon (1979:iii) lists the following Miji villages from the Census of 1971.
Smaller hamlets include Dishin [Dícin], Devrik [Dívih], Diyung [Diyong], Nazang [Natsang], Nanthalang, and Otung [Uthung]. Some Mijis have also live in Aka villages such as Dijungania, Buragaon, Tulu, Sarkingonia, and Yayung.
In all Miji languages the "p" "f" "t" and "k" sounds are always aspirated.
|Open-mid||ɛ||ʌ • ɔ|
The Miji languages have a relatively simple tonal system with only two tones: high and low. There is a third rising tone but it is so scarcely used that in some of the languages it is disregarded completely.