Karbi

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Arleng Alam, Karbi Karbak, Manchati, “Mikir” (pej.), “Mikiri” (pej.), Nihang, Puta
Population

420,000 (2001 census).

Location

Assam, Karbi Anglong district, Mikir and Rengma hills, Nagaon, Darrang, Marigaon, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, and North Cachar districts; Arunachal Pradesh, Papumpare district, Balijan circle; Meghalaya, Jaintia district; Nagaland, foothills around Dimapur.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Chingthang (Jynthong), Mirlong, Rong Kethang (Rengkhang, Rongkhang). Lexical similarity: 82%–96% between dialects.

Language Use

Other groups speak Karbi as L1, including some Dimasa. Speakers of all ages use Assamese [asm]. Used as L2 by Sakachep [sch].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 54% in Assam (2001 census). Radio programs. Grammar. Bible: 1952.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Hindu, Christian, traditional religion.