|Native to||India, Burma|
|Region||Mizoram, Manipur, Assam, Chin State|
|100000+ (2011 census)|
Paite is a Sino-Tibetan Language spoken by a subgroup of the Chin Kuki people. There are different Paite dialects. The language exhibits mutual intelligibility with the other languages of the region including Hmar, Vaiphei, Simte, Kom, Gangte and other languages. The name Paite could translate to 'the people who went', 'a group of people marching', or it can even be construed to mean 'nomads'.
The alphabet was propounded by Shri T. Vialphung in 1903 which was extracted from the Roman alphabet and has 18 consonants and 6 vowels. Out of 18 consonant phonemes in Paite, 11 of them are glottal stops, 4 fricatives, 2 nasal and 1 lateral.
This version of the Paite alphabet is called 'Paite Laimal' and has been in use since 1903.
|Consonants||b [b]||ch [t͡ʃ]||d [d]||f [f]||g [g]||ng [ŋ]||h [h, -ʰ]||j [d͡ʒ]||k [k]||l [l]||m [m]||n [n]||p [p]||r [r]||s [s]||t [t]||v [v]||z [z]|
|a [a]||Vowels||aw [ɔ]||e [e]||i [i]||o [o]||u [u]|
'iai'(yai) and 'uau'(wao) are the Triphthongs of Paite language.
Five prominent tones in Paite are:https://www.jiocloud.com/share/?s=z17jlfUI9ir0if-922LjQFfkmacdIOm1xSjnQ-G2NZY8BX.....backups sak mil paite
The number of tones differ with variations in region and dialect.
|Paite (Zomi)||English||Lushei (Mizo)||Meitei (Manipuri)||Thadou (Kuki)|
|Saang(khat)||One thousand||Sang||Lishing ama||Sang|
|Nuai(khat)||Hundred thousand/One lakh||Nuai|
|Tuklehdingawn||Billion||Tluk leh dingawn|
|Tuklehdingawn sawm||Ten billion|
|Tuklehdingawn za||Hundred billion|
The following is a sample text in Paite of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
|Mi tengteng zalen a piang ihi ua, zah-omna leh dikna tanvou ah kibangvek ihi. Sia leh pha theihna pilna nei a siam I hih ziak un I mihinpihte tungah unauna lungsim feltak I put ngai ahi.||All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience. Therefore, they should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.|
There are two major dialects of Paite spoken in Manipur: Lamjang and Dapjal; and 4 minor dialects which are Songtal, Bukpi, Lousau & Kangkap. 
Paite grammar is fairly complex because of a number of word modification and a fairly complex noun structure.
Paite's declarative word structure is Object–subject–verb.
Vasa ka mù
bird I see
I see a bird
Sing a puá
wood he carries
He carries wood
If the word order and grammar isn't followed, sentences and phrases lose their meaning. For example, if 'Laibu a gelh', which translates to 'He writes a book', was written as 'Gelh a laibu' with the verb preceding and the subject and object succeeding respectively, the phrase would then translate to 'Writes he a book'.
Paite is spoken mainly in the following locations (Ethnologue).
Paite language can now be taken up as one of the MIL subjects offered in the Three-Year Degree course in Manipur University. The Academic Council of the university in its meeting held on April 22, 2004 gave its approval for the inclusion of Paite as one of the MIL subjects after considering recommendation by the Board of Studies of the School of Humanities, and also in recognition of the richness of the language and its literature including creative writing.