Naga, Angami

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Angamis, Gnamei, Monr, Ngami, Tendydie, Tsanglo, Tsoghami, Tsugumi
Population

132,000 (2001 census).

Location

West Nagaland, Kohima district; Manipur; Maharashtra.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Chakroma (Western Angami), Dzuna, Kehena, Khonoma, Mima, Mozome, Nali, Tengima (Kohima). Tengima (Kohima) dialect is standard. Naga Chokri and Naga Khezha are eastern Angami groups with their own dialects. 2 southern varieties (Viswemal, Jakhama) are not intelligible with dialects listed. Tenyidie is an umbrella term for all the dialects spoken by the Angami people.

Typology

SOV; numerals after head nouns; postpositions; tonal

Language Use

Trade language used by about 30,000 Naga of other groups. Also use English [eng], Assamese [asm], Naga Pidgin [nag], or Hindi [hin].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 86% (2001 census). Literacy rate in L2: 86% (2001 census). Most youth read Angami. Literacy among older people is lower. Taught in primary schools. Magazines. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1970.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Christian.