Toto Shabda Sangraha:
A dictionary titled “Toto Shabda Sangraha” is set to be released with the aim of preserving the Toto language, which is spoken by a mere 1,600 people in parts of West Bengal bordering Bhutan.
- The Toto language, a Sino-Tibetan language, is primarily spoken orally and is currently written in the Bengali script.
- While a script for Toto was developed in 2015 by Dhaniram Toto, a prominent community member, most Toto speakers still use the Bengali script or write in Bengali.
- The trilingual dictionary will translate Toto words into Bengali and English, making it accessible to a wider audience, as the Toto script is still in its early stages of development, and the tribe is more familiar with the Bengali script.