The Tairong who are also
called Turung or Shan Turung inhabit the western part of
the Sibsagar District of Assam.
Alphabet- The Tairong alphabet is more or less same
as that of Khamti, though a few variations seems to occur.
In Tairong, the combination of wa' as in Aiton, is
attached all consonants. For example-the word forservantis
written normally as khwa#.However it is interesting to note
that khaw freely varies with kha.
The plural is formed by suffixing khau.
Case-Ha#ng and ti are both used as prefixes for the
Dative. HA#ng is also used for the Accusative. ka#-ti is
used for the Ablative, as in Shan. For example-au ka#-ti
man,(take from him). The suffix ko is used with
the nominative. The word sa# may apparently be prefixed
to the Genitive and Dative.
For Adjectives there is no special remarks. The
Reflexive pronoun is pa#-chau.
Verbs-The various persons have different suffixes. The
yois usually added to the third person. The
only suffix la is added to the second person
of any tense, and is also suffix of the imperative. The
past suffix is as in Khamti,ka# or you.Sometimes
nai is also used without altering the meaning. The future
prefix is ti. The suffix of the Imperative
is taand also la#.The participial
suffix is si.
There are several forms of Negative. The Khamti u_,
pronounced n. For example-npai,(not many).Ma#
and mau is also occur.
The Assertive suffix ho of Shan appears as yo.However, there
are so many Tai words in Tairong language.