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A language of Myanmar

ISO 639-3: kht

Population 4,235 in Myanmar (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 13,114.
Region Northwestern Myanmar. Also possibly in China. Also spoken in India.
Alternate names   Hkamti, Khampti, Khamti Shan, Khampti Shan, Khandi Shan, Kam Ti, Tai Kam Ti, Tai-Khamti
Dialects Assam Khamti, North Burma Khamti, Sinkaling Hkamti. Related to Shan. Some similarities to northern Shan. In India, related to Phakaes, Aiton, Khamjang, Turung.
Classification Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Be-Tai, Tai-Sek, Tai, Southwestern, Northwest
Language use Speakers also use Burmese or Jingpho.
Language development Lik-Tai script; resembles Mon script in India.
Comments SOV; postpositional case-marking particle. Buddhist.

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Language name   Khamti
Population 8,879 in India (2000 WCD).
Region Assam, Lakimpur District; Arunachal Pradesh, Siang and Lohit districts, Chakham, Memong, Barpathar, Mime, Kheram, M.Pong, Man Khao villages within the Namsai subdivision. Also possibly in China.
Alternate names   Kham-Tai, Hkamti, Khampti, Khamti Shan, Khantis, Tai Kham Ti
Dialects Assam Khamti, North Burma Khamti, Sinkaling Hkamti.
Language development Literacy rate in second language: 16.1%; 24% male, 7.8% female (1997).
Comments A Scheduled Tribe in India. Plains. Agriculturalists. Buddhist, Hinayana sect.