Naga, Nocte


A language of India

Alternate Names
Borduria, Jaipuria, Mohongia, Namsangia, Nocte, Nokte, Paniduria

30,800 (2011 census). 19,800 monolinguals (2001 census).


Arunachal Pradesh state: Changlang district; Tirap district, Laju, Khonsa, and Namsang sub-districts; Assam state: Lakhimpur district, Jaipur; Nagaland state: Mon district, Namsang.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Khapa, Laju, Ponthai (Lamlak). Ponthai dialect is similar to both Tangsa [nst] and Nocte. Those living closer to the Nocte identify as Nocte; those living closer to the Tangsa identify as Tangsa. 50% intelligible with Wancho Naga [nnp].


SOV; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; affixes indicate case of noun phrase; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC, CVV, CVVC, V; tonal, at least 3 tones.

Language Use

Home, village, religion. Used by all. Also use Assamese [asm], English [eng], Hindi [hin].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 47% (2001 census). Radio. NT: 2010.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Tutsa, Wancho, Laju, Lamlak considered ethnic subgroups of Nocte although Tutsa consider themselves not related to Nocte. Christian, Hindu, traditional religion.

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