Katchal (Katchall, Katchál, Kachel), or Tehnu (Tēhnyu), is a Nicobarese language spoken in the central Nicobar Islands. Apart from the dialect of Trinket (Trinkat, Trinkut, or Lâfūl), it is not mutually intelligible with the other Central Nicobarese languages. The population of Trinket was evacuated to Nancowry and Camorta after the 2004 tsunami, and can be expected to disappear as speakers assimilate.
- ^ approximately one third of the Central Nicobarese population of 10,100
- ^ a b Edward Horace Man, 1889, A dictionary of the central Nicobarese language
- ^ Robert Parkin, 1991, A guide to austroasiatic speakers and their languages, pp 37–38