Koireng

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Koirng, Kolren, Koren, Kwoireng, Liangmai, Liangmei, Liyang, Liyangmai, Lyengmai, Quoireng
Population

3,000 (2002 BCA).

Location

Manipur, Senapati district, Saikul and Kangpokpi subdivisions, 5 villages; Bishnupur district, 3 villages south of Moirang; Chandel district, 2 villages near Palel; Nagaland.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Not intelligible with any related speech varieties (1991 P. Khasung). Lexical similarity: 62%–68% with Aimol [aim], 60%–66% with Purum [pub], 64% with Kharam Naga [kfw].

Language Use

Purest Koireng spoken in Satu and Utonglo (2000 T. Shiekshel). All ages, although children mix Meitei [mni] in with L1. All also use Meitei [mni], 50% speak it well. Young people also use English [eng]. 15% also use Kom [kmm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 70%–80%. Older adults read Meitei, the young read English. Bible portions: 1997–2000.
Other Comments

Different from Liangmai Naga [njn]. A Scheduled Tribe. Assigned under 3 different Naga groups politically. Christian, traditional religion.