Nyishi

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bangni, Dafla, Daphla, Lel, Nil, Nishi, Nisi, Nissi, Nyishi, Nyising
Population

230,000 (2001 census). 23,000 speakers of Bangni dialect (Van Driem 2007).

Location

Arunachal Pradesh, lower Subansiri district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Aka Lel, Bangni, Nishang. Similar to Tagin [tgj]. Related to Apatani [apt], Adi [adi], and possibly Lepcha [lep]. Apatani [apt] may be a dialect.

Language Use

All domains.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 37%—46% (2001 census). NT: 2002.
Writing
Bengali script. Latin script.
Other Comments

Nisi is a Scheduled Tribe. Nisi has been used as a cover term for western Tani languages. Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.