A language of India

Alternate Names
Arleng Alam, Karbi Karbak, Manchati, Nihang, Puta, “Mikir” (pej.), “Mikiri” (pej.)

L1 users: 420,000 (2001 census).


Arunachal Pradesh state: Papumpare district, Balijan sub-district; Assam state: Cachar, Darrang, Karbi Anglong, Lakhimpur, Marigaon, Nagaon, and Sonitpur districts in Mikir and Rengma hills; Meghalaya state: Jaintia district; Nagaland state: Dimapur area foothills.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Chingthang (Jynthong), Mirlong, Rong Kethang (Rengkhang, Rongkhang). Lexical similarity: 82%–96% between dialects.

Language Use

Other groups speak Karbi as L1, including some Dimasa. Also use Assamese [asm], among all age groups. Used as L2 by Sakachep [sch].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 54% in Assam (2001 census). Literature. Radio. Grammar. Bible: 1952.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Hindu, Christian, traditional religion.

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