Kohima football team urged to preserve Tenyidie language
Kohima: Footballers representing the Kohima District Football Association (KDFA) for the upcoming Dr T Ao inter-district football tournament have been urged to preserve the Tenyidi language.
Addressing the footballers at the KDFA training camp in Tsiesema, retired co-director Vizonyü Liezietsu said the vernacular is the wealth and treasure of the locals.
Ten Naga tribes belonging to the Tenyimia community have common ancestry and speak the Tenyidie language.
Although Tenyidi is the mother tongue, most Tenyimia tribes have their dialects – where speakers of different dialects within the same language have very similar, little or even no similarities with Tenyidi.
Even as he encouraged players to respect all local dialects, he argued for the need to speak Tenyidie, the common standardized language.
He said that the Tenyid language is limited and therefore it is necessary to preserve it. Notably, all Naga languages have been listed as endangered languages by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
He also called on all educated people in the Tenyidi speaking community to learn the vernacular. According to him, reading the Tenyidie Bible, books published by Ura Academy (UA) – a Tenyidie literary society established in 1971, and attending cultural and social gatherings will help speakers learn and preserve the language.
While learning the language is important, he said learning the language the right way and at a young age is also important.
As the National Education Policy (NEP) is about to be rolled out, he said language will become a compulsory subject. He assured that the Tenyidie language will also be recognized by the government.
Around 20 players are currently camping at the KDFA training camp since Monday. In addition to football training, soft skills and moral science sessions are also organized to boost the players.
Six football teams, representing all districts in Nagaland, are set to compete for the Dr T Ao Trophy, scheduled for April 18-29 in Mokokchung. The inter-district football championship will be hosted by the Mokokchung District Football Association (MDFA).
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