Naga, Khiamniungan


A language of India

Alternate Names
Aoshedd, Kalyokengnyu, Khiamngan, Khiamniungan, Nokaw, Tukhemmi, Welam

37,800 in India (2001 census). Total users in all countries: 47,800.


Nagaland, east central Tuensang district.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Noklak. Dialects in Myanmar and India somewhat intelligible but have very limited contact. Lexical similarity: 67% with Gongwang dialect of Ponyo-Gongwang Naga [npg], 72%–73% with Ponyo dialect of [npg], 62%–67% with Leinong Naga [lzn], 41% with Lao Naga. Is in Konyak subgroup, but is divergent. They consider Ponyo Naga [npg] a part of Khiamniungan, though lexical similarity is only around 70%.



Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%. Taught in primary schools since 1959. Radio programs. Bible: 2005.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Main clans are Lam, Thai, Shiu, and Maya. Christian.

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