Adi, Galo


A language of India

Alternate Names
Adi, Adi-Gallong, Adi-Galo, Gallong, Galo, Galong

30,000 (2007 M. Post). 62,000 (2001 census). A few older adult monolinguals.


Arunachal Pradesh state: west and east Siang, Dibang Valley (south), Lohit (east), Changlang (northeast), Upper Subansiri (west) districts; Assam state.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Lare, Pugo, Karka. Lare is the main dialect and is accepted by all Galo.


SOV; postpositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals before and after noun heads; relatives after noun heads or without; question word initial; maximum prefixes 2, maximum suffixes 4–5; affixes indicate case of noun phrase; causatives and comparatives; CV, CVC, CVV patterns; nontonal.

Language Use

Village, home. All ages. Most also use Assamese [asm], Hindi [hin]. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 60%. More men can read than women but more girls and women are learning. Radio programs. Grammar. NT: 2008.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian.

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