A language of India

Alternate Names
Dammai, Dhammai, Namrei, Sajalong, Sajolang

6,500 (2001).


Arunachal Pradesh, West Kemang district, Nafra circle, Bichom and Pakesa river valley, 25 villages including Debbing, Dichik, Rurang, Nachinghom, Upper Dzang, Naku, Khellong, Dibrick, Nizong, Najang, Zangnaching, Chalang, Nafra, and Lower Dzang; East Kameng district, Bameng and Lada circles, Wakke, Nabolong, Kojo, Rojo, Sekong, Panker, Zarkam, Drackchi, Besai, Naschgzang, Sachung, Gerangzing, Kampaa, Salang, Pego, and Dongko villages.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Generally considered in the Mirish subgroup. Reportedly completely dissimilar to any surrounding language. Lexical similarity: 54%–65% between varieties of West and East Kameng; 54%–83% between all varieties.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Hindi [hin]; educated speak Hindi more fluently than uneducated, but all speakers know some Hindi. Also use Assamese [asm], English [eng], Hruso [hru], Nyishi [njz]. Used as L2 by Hruso [hru], Nyishi [njz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 39%, males 48%, females 29% (2001 census).

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Christian.