Khasic languages

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Meghalaya and Bangladesh
Linguistic classification: Austroasiatic
Glottolog: khas1268[1]

The Khasic or Khasian languages are a family of Austroasiatic languages spoken in the northeastern Indian state Meghalaya and neighbouring areas of Bangladesh. They consist of:

  • Khasi
  • Pnar (Jaintia): closest to Proto-Khasi
  • War: southern dialect displaying no vowel length contrast, as well as vowel restructuring
  • Amwi
  • Bhoi
  • Lyngngam: Speakers were former Garo speakers who had adopted Khasi.

Paul Sidwell (2011) suggests that Khasian is closely related to Palaungic, forming a Khasi–Palaungic branch.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Khasian". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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