Ao languages

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Ethnicity: Ao Naga
Nagaland, India
Linguistic classification: Sino-Tibetan
  • Ao
Glottolog: aoic1235[1]

The Ao languages are a small family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken by the Ao people of north-central Nagaland in northeast India. Conventionally classified as "Naga", they are not clearly related to other Naga languages, and are conservatively classified as an independent branch of Sino-Tibetan, pending further research.

There are six known Ao languages:

plus undescribed Ao 'dialects' (Yacham, Tengsa) which may turn out to be separate languages (see Mongsen Ao).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Aoic". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • George van Driem (2001) Languages of the Himalayas: An Ethnolinguistic Handbook of the Greater Himalayan Region. Brill.