Monpa, Kalaktang


A language of India

Alternate Names
Southern Monpa, Tsangla Monpa

8,000 (2005).


Arunachal Pradesh, West Kameng district, Kalaktang administrative center, Khalaktang, Balimu, and Tomko villages.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Reportedly most similar to Dirang dialect of Tshangla [tsj], average 55% intelligibility of Dirang.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village, religion. Positive attitudes. Also use Hindi [hin]. Used as L2 by Bugun [bgg].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 62% for West Kameng District, males 71%, females 49% (2001 census).

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

’Monpa’ (Moinba), man of the lower country and refers to several ethnically-related peoples which may not be related linguistically. Buddhist.