A language of India

Alternate Names
Bishnupria Manipuri, Bishnupuriya, Bisna Puriya

77,500 in India (2001 census). Population total all countries: 117,500.


Assam, Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj districts; north Tripura.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).


Madai Gang (Leimanai), Rajar Gang (Ningthaunai). Though once regarded as a Bengali-Meitei creole, it retains pre-Bengali features (Masica 1991). Lexical similarity: 81%–85% between dialects in Bangladesh, 41%–45% with Bengali [ben].


SOV; postpositions, articles before noun heads, question word before the verb, affixes indicate case of noun phrase; CV, CVC, CVV, CCV, VC, VCV; nontonal.

Language Use

Also use Bengali [ben].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 80%. Taught in primary schools, in Tripura. Poetry. Radio programs. Videos. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1995.

Bengali script [Beng].

Other Comments

Reported to also live in three villages in Myanmar but these villages cannot be identified. Hindu.

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