Naga, Angami


A language of India

Alternate Names
Angami, Angamis, Gnamei, Monr, Ngami, Tendydie, Tsanglo, Tsoghami, Tsugumi

132,000 (2001 census).


Nagaland state: Kohima district; Maharashtra and Manipur states.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication). Trade language used by about 30,000 Naga of other groups.


Dzuna, Kehena, Khonoma, Chakroma (Western Angami), Mima, Nali, Mozome, Tengima (Kohima). Tengima (Kohima) dialect is standard. Naga Chokri and Naga Khezha are eastern Angami groups with their own dialects. 2 southern varieties (Viswemal, Jakhama) are not intelligible with dialects listed. Tenyidie is an umbrella term for all the dialects spoken by the Angami people.


SOV; numerals after head nouns; postpositions; tonal.

Language Use

Also use Assamese [asm], English [eng], Hindi [hin], Naga Pidgin [nag]. Used as L2 by Chokri Naga [nri], Khezha Naga [nkh], Sumi Naga [nsm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 86% (2001 census). Literacy rate in L2: 86% (2001 census). Most youth read Angami. Literacy among older people is lower. Taught in primary schools. Literature. Periodicals. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1970.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Christian.

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