Milang language

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Region Arunachal Pradesh
Native speakers
around 2,000  (date missing)[citation needed]
Possibly Tibeto-Burman
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog mila1245[1]

Milang is a Siangic or Tani language of Upper Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh, India. It is spoken in the 3 villages of Milang, Dalbing, and Pekimodi, located in Mariyang Subdivision, Upper Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh (Tayeng 1976).


Milang has traditionally been classified as the most divergent of the Tani languages, hence ultimately Tibeto-Burman. Post & Blench (2011) reclassified it as Siangic, on the basis of clear correspondences with the Koro language in vocabulary that may not ultimately be of Tibeto-Burman origin. The implication is that Milang may, like other Siangic languages, harbour a non-Tibeto-Burman substrate, or may be a non-Tibeto-Burman language with Tibeto-Burman features acquired through prolonged language contact, perhaps with the neighbouring and much larger Padam tribe, who speak an Eastern Tani language.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Milang". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Post, Mark W. and Roger Blench (2011). "Siangic: A new language phylum in North East India", 6th International Conference of the North East India Linguistics Society, Tezpur University, Assam, India, Jan 31 – Feb 2.
  • Tayeng, Aduk (1976). Milang phrase-book. Shillong: The Director of Information and Public Relations, Arunachal Pradesh.