Amri Karbi


A language of India

Alternate Names
Amri Karbi

125,000 (2003).


Assam state: Kamrup district, Basbistha, Chandubi, Jalukbari, Jorabat, Kahi Kusi, Khetri, Loharghat, Pandu, Panikhaith, Rani block, Sonapur, and south of Brahmaputra river; Meghalaya state: Ri-Bhoi district, Nongpoh area, Barni Hat and Umling.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Lower Amri, Upper Amri. Reportedly unintelligible with Karbi [mjw]; intelligibility testing inconclusive regarding whether Guriaghuli area dialect is well understood in Meghalaya. Lexical similarity: 57%–68% with Karbi; 70%–86% between dialects.

Language Use

Many ethnic group members no longer use Amri Karbi. Much borrowing from Assamese [asm] (in Assam) and Khasi [kha] (in Meghalaya). Some Amri Karbi villages shifted completely to Assamese due to intermarriage and the perception that Assamese is preferred for children to do well in school. In the remote and isolated border area, the language is still strong. Home, village, religion. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Strong feelings of separateness from the dominant Karbi group in Karbi, Anglong District.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 20%—60%. Literature. Newspapers. Radio. NT: 2010.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Hindu, Christian, traditional religion.

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