Khowa language

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Region Arunachal Pradesh
Ethnicity Bugun (Khowa)
Native speakers
900  (2001)[1]
Possibly Sino-Tibetan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bgg
Glottolog bugu1246[2]

Khowa, or Bugun, is a small Sino-Tibetan language spoken in India. They numbered about 1,700 in 2011 (Blench 2011). Sherdukpen speakers live just to the west of them.


Bugun is spoken in the following villages in southern West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh (Dondrup 1990:iv). The total population numbered 800 in 1981.

  • Wanghoo
  • Singchung
  • Kaspi
  • Lichini
  • Ramo
  • Namphri
  • Chithu
  • Sachida
  • Pani-Phu
  • Ditching
  • Dikhiyang
  • Bicham (a recently founded hamlet)


  1. ^ Khowa at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bugun". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.