Lish language

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Region Arunachal Pradesh
Ethnicity Lishipa
Native speakers
2,300 Lish  (2006)[1]
850 Chug (2005)[2]
Possibly Tibeto-Burman
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
lsh – Lish
cvg – Chug
Glottolog chug1251[3]

Lish (Lishpa) and Chug are a small dialect cluster of Arunachal Pradesh in India. They are closely related, though perhaps not close enough for mutual intelligibility.

Chug is spoken only in Chug village (population 483 in 1971), located a few miles from Dirang (Blench & Post 2011:3). The Lish (population 1,567 in 1981) live in Dirang village, a few miles from Chug village, and in Gompatse.


  1. ^ ISO change request
  2. ^ Chug at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Chug–Lish". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.