Lamkang

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A language of India

Alternate Names
“Hiroi-Lamgang” (pej.), “Lamgang” (pej.), Lamkaang, Lamkang Naga
Population

10,000 (1999 census).

Location

Southeast Manipur, Chandel district, 6 villages to the west, east of Shuganu, 6 villages between Chalong and Mombi New, 18 villages between Palel, Chandel town, Palel and Sibong; Nagaland; Dimapur, Thamlakhuren.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Most similar to Anal Naga [anm].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; genitives before head nouns; adjectives and numerals after noun heads; noun prefixes mark person, number of possessor; VC, CV, CVC, CCCVC

Language Use

Vigorous, but each successive generation not as knowledgeable about their folksongs and folktales. All ages. Understand Meitei [mni]. A few also use Hindi [hin] or English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 40% Meitei: 10 to 40 year olds (2000 S. Towar). Only 2% can read Latin script. NT: 2002.
Writing
Latin script. Myanmar (Burmese) script, used in Myanmar.
Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Christian.