Deori language

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Native to India
Region Assam, Arunachal Pradesh
Ethnicity 50,000 Deori (no date)
Native speakers
28,000  (2001 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 der
Glottolog deor1238[2]

Deori is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by the Deori people of Assam. It is one of the official languages of Arunachal Pradesh.[citation needed] Only one of the Deori tribes, the Dibongya, has retained the language, the others having shifted to Assamese, but among the Dibongya it is vigorous.

The Deori and their language are frequently called Sutiya. However, that name is not specific to the Deori; Deori name means temple guard, and they are the traditional priests of the Chutiya (Sutiya) region.


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