Nyishi

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bangni, Dafla, Daphla, Lel, Nishi, Nisi, Nissi, Nyising
Autonym
Nil
Population

L1 users: 230,000 (2001 census). 23,000 speakers of Bangni dialect (Van Driem 2007).

Location

Arunachal Pradesh state: lower Subansiri district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Aka Lel, Bangni, Nishang. Reportedly similar to Tagin [tgj]. Apatani [apt] may be a dialect.

Language Use

All domains. Also use Miji [sjl]. Used as L2 by Miji [sjl], Puroik [suv].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 37%—46% (2001 census). Grammar. NT: 2002.
Writing

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

Other Comments

Nisi is a Scheduled Tribe. Nisi has been used as a cover term for western Tani languages. Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.

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