One of the Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in the north eastern parts of the country, particularly in Assam
, Bodo Language, is also one of the 22 official languages of the country. It is the main language spoken by the Bodo Tribe
, a prominent ethnic group of north-east India. The language is also spoken in parts of West Bengal
and in neighboring Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Linguistically speaking, it is a Tone language - like many of the South-East Asian and African languages. Tonal languages use pitch to signal a difference in meaning between words. Bodo has four varieties: North Goalpara Variety, South Goalpara Variety, Darrang-Lakhimpur Variety and Nagaon-Kasar-Karbi Hills Variety. The language has 16 consonants and 6 vowels.