Naga, Nocte


A language of India

Alternate Names
Borduria, Jaipuria, Mohongia, Namsangia, Nocte, Nokte, Paniduria

33,000 (2001 census). 60% monolingual (2001 census).


Southeast Arunachal Pradesh, Tirap district, Khonsa, Namsang, and Laju circles; Changlang district; Assam, Lakhimpur district, Jaipur; North Nagaland, Mon district, Namsang.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).


Khapa, Laju, Ponthai (Lamlak). Similar to Tase Naga [nst]. Ponthai may be an ethnic group, not a dialect. 50% intelligible with Wancho Naga [nnp].


SOV; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; affixes indicate case of noun phrase; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC, CVV, CVVC, V; tonal, at least 3 tones

Language Use

Home, village, religion. All ages. Men, young people and the educated use Assamese [asm] or Hindi [hin]; others use Assamese for trade. English [eng] used by educated office workers.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 47% (2001 census). Radio programs.
Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Tutsa, Wancho, Laju, Lamlak considered ethnic subgroups of Nocte although Tutsa consider themselves not related to Nocte. Christian, traditional religion, Hindu.