A language of India

Alternate Names
Kho, Khoa, Khowa

900 (2001 Asia Harvest).


Arunachal Pradesh, West Kameng district, Singchung and Nafra circles, Wangho, Singchung, New Kaspi, Namphri, Mangopom, Diching, Sachita, Ramu, Situ, Lichini, Dikiang, and Bichom villages on the mountains on both sides of Rupa River, interspersed among the Aka.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. May be mutually intelligible with Puroik [suv] (Chowdhury 1996); Burling (2003) groups it with Puroik and Sherdukpen [sdp] and possibly also with Lish [lsh] and Sartang [onp]. Lexical similarity: low with all neighboring languages.

Language Use

Home, village, religion. Also use Hindi [hin], younger people use more Hindi. Also use Sherdukpen [sdp]. Older people use more Sherdukpen. Also use Hruso [hru], Kalaktang Monpa [kkf], Nefamese [nef].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 24% (1981 census), 35% for men, 12% for women.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Spoken by the Khoa (Khowa) ethnic group. They are culturally like the Hruso, but speak a different language. Traditional religion, Buddhist.