Monpa, Kalaktang


A language of India

Alternate Names
Sharpa-lo, Southern Monpa, Tsangla Monpa

8,000 (2005).


Arunachal Pradesh state: West Kameng district, Kalaktang sub-district, Balimu, Kalaktang, and Tomko villages.

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).


Reportedly most similar to Dirang dialect of Tshangla [tsj], average 55% intelligibility of Dirang.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village, religion. Positive attitudes. Also use Hindi [hin]. Used as L2 by Bugun [bgg].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 62% for West Kameng District, males 71%, females 49% (2001 census).


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

’Monpa’ (Moinba), man of the lower country and refers to several ethnically-related peoples which may not be related linguistically. Buddhist.

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