A language of India

Alternate Names
Dowyan, Lalung

33,900 (2011 census). Ethnic population: 171,000 (2001 census).


Assam state: Kamrup, Karbi Anglong, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, and Sibsagar districts; Meghalaya state: Khasi Hills district.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).


Hajowali, Datiyali.

Language Use

Quite a few in Brahmaputra valley adopted Assamese [asm] as L1. Resurgent interest to learn the mother tongue; approved by the state in 2004 to be taught as a subject up to class 4. Home, market. Also use Assamese [asm], English [eng].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 62% for Assam (2001 census). Literacy rate higher in the plains. In the hills, equally low among men and women. Don Bosco school (Karbi Anglong District) teaches Tiwa up to class 4. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1972.


Bengali (Bangla) script [Beng]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Hindu.

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