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The Central Institute of Indian Languages is concerned .with the promotion and development of Indian languages for meeting the challenges 'of the modem age. The development of Indian languages can take place by their use in new domains which requires development of materials, methods and manpower for work in the areas of codification, standardization and modernizations. The work of the Institute encompasses basic research, material production and. in-service training. The Institute is also entrusted with the responsibility of assisting and improving the teaching of Indian languages at various levels by developing new math's, models and material & and by making use of modern technology. The six Regional Language Centers of the Institute are engaged in regular language teaching programes. The seventh viz., NEREC at Guwahati is entrusted with the responsibility of conducting various programmers in the languages of the North-East The Institute is also a clearing house of information relating to Indian Languages.
  A major programme of the Instable is the study of tribal and other minor languages resulting in writing of ~mars and dictionaries. This study helps in codification of these languages and also in standardization, which Me; primary steps for the development of any language. The linguistic description is also a pre-requisite for preparation of language teaching materials. It thus forms part of the Institute's work to improvise the language education. The Instable is also engaged in finding out shared features between tribal languages and major languages which is an important component in the making of India as
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  The grammatical description of tribal and other minor languages prepared by the staff of the Instable do not raise and discuss theoretical questions. These questions are dealt with by the authors in papers in various national semi~. The grammars try to give a basic knowledge of the structure of these languages with the hope that they will be useful to language teachers and to linguists interested in macro studies of languages. These grammars also fill in the gaps in the knowledge of the linguistic heritage of the country by describing the lesser known languages. The Hmar Grammar is our latest effort in bringing Out a book of grammar in a lesser known language like Hmar spoken in Assam, Manipuri and Mizoram.  
  Data for the Hmar Grammar were colleted in the field primarily form three informant by elicitation through word and sentence lists. To our advantages, one of the co-authors is a native speaker of the language. The data, however, were again cross-checked with some other informants. The description may not be exhaustive and there might be gaps to be filled by future researchers. There might be possibilities for alternative analyses. Comments and suggestions passed on to us will be useful to improve our future publications in this series.  
  While congratulating the authors, I look forward to see that the book is well received among Hmar readers and the community of linguists.  


  Dr N. Ramaswamy.
    December 31,1996
  Director I/c              







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