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Sulung

A language of India

ISO 639-3suv

Population  5,000 (2007 SIL).
Region  Arunachal Pradesh, East Kameng, Papumpare, Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri districts, along Par River. 53 villages. Possibly also in China.
Alternate names   Puroik
Dialects  A divergent language which may not be Sino-Tibetan but possibly Austro-Asiatic. Intelligible with Bugun [bgg] (Chowdhury 1996). Burling (2003) groups it with Sherdukpen [sdp] and Bugun and possibly also with Lish [lsh] and Sartang [onp]. Lexical similarity: 54%–67% between varieties; 57%–68% with Chug [cvg]; less than 15% with Bugun and Nisi.
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, North Assam, Tani
Language use  Home, village. Positive attitude. Also use Nisi [dap], Hindi, or Assamese [asm].
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 2%. Dictionary.
Writing system  Bengali script. Devanagari script. Latin script.
Comments  A ‘satellite relationship’ to the Nisi and Bangni peoples, ‘bonded economically’. A Scheduled Tribe in India. Claim kinship with the Khoa or Bugun. Transitional between hunter-gatherers and agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.
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