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Lotha grammar is the outcome of the fieldwork at two different times from January 1973 to May 1973 and from October 1974 to November 1974 in the Wokha district of Nagaland. The Grmmar is based mainly on the data collected with the help of Mr. E. Zurenthung Ovung Lotha, Sub-Inspector of Schools, Wokha, Nagaland.

I sincerely acknowledge the inspiration, encouragement and guidance given by Dr. D.P. Pattanayak, Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore in the preparation of this Grammar.

I owe considerable debt to Dr. E. Annamalai Prof. cum Deputy Director, (now Director) Central Institute of Indian Languages Mysore, who supervised my work from the beginning, helped in revising and finalizing the manuscript for printing.

I am thankful to Dr. M.V Sreedhar, Prof-cum-Dy.Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore who had seen the first draft of the manuscript and gave valuable suggestions.

I am highly obliged to the following persons who helped me in many ways in making my field work successful in Nagaland.

I sincerely acknowledge Late N.L. Kinghen, Retired A.D.C and Ex. Chairman Lotha Literature Committee, Wokha, Nagaland, for his help in collecting the data during my stay at Nagaland. He was an elderly man having profound knowledge of Lotha language and culture. I am obliged to the following persons for various help rendered.

(1) Rev. A. Patton of Mission compound, Wokha, Shri M. Mozhui, Shri Yajen Aier, the then Director of Education, Govt. of Nagaland, Kohima, Shri T.C.K. Lotha the then Joint Secretary (Home) Govt. of Nagaland. Shri I.P Singh the then special officer, Text book production branch, Diretorate of Education Nagaland, Kohima, Shri R.K. Sharma, the then Principal, Hindi Training Centre, Dimapur, Nagaland, shri E. Patton, Deputy Inspector of Schools, Wokha, Nagaland, Lt. Col. V. Kasturi Raj the then Commandant, 46CM, CRPF, Wokha, Dr. Nagaraj Gowda, Medical Officer, Assam Rifles, Wokha, Nagaland, and to Shri Vinod Kumar the then S.D.O., Wokha.

I am very greatful to the followuing informants for their active co-operation in collecting the data: Mr. E. Zurenthung Ovung Lotha, Sub-inspector of Schools Wokha, Nagaland Mr. K.R. Murry, District welfare officer, Mokokchung, Mr. Ashamo Lotha, teacher, Wokha. Mr. Kikon Lotha, Language Translator, Directorate of Education, Nagaland, Kohima, Mr. Ayamo Kithan, Head Assistant. Election Branch, S.D.O. Office, Wokha, Mr. Wopemo Lotha of Wokha. Mr. S.P. Murry of Longsa village and Mr. Orempomo Lotha of Wokha.

Dr. Mhabemo Kithan, M.B.B.S House Surgen, Medial College, Mysore and Shri Chanbemo Ngully B.E., who were available at Mysore during the finalization of the Lotha Grmmar of their help in many ways by providing the additional data as and when required. I am greatful to them. Apart from the above persons, I also convey my thanks to all my other Lotha friends who helped me in my work during my stay at Wokha.

I thank my collegues in the CIIL, Dr. M.R. Ranganatha, Dr. K.S. Gurubasvegowda, Dr. K. Rangan, Mr. P.P. Giridhar, Mr. Devi Prasad Sastry and Mr. Rajesh Sachdeva who helped me by way of discussions.

I am greatful to my collegues Mr. N.H. Itagi, Asst. Cartographer, for preparing the map of Wokha district, Nagaland, Mr. G.G. Meshram and Mr. K.M. Venugopal and Mr. zahir Ahmed who typed the manuscript patiently in a very short period.

Last but not least I am greatful to Shri. H.L.N. Bharati who supervised the printing work and saw it through the press.








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