Khowa language

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Region Arunachal Pradesh
Ethnicity Bugun (Khowa)
Native speakers
1,700  (2011)[1]
Possibly Sino-Tibetan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bgg
Glottolog bugu1246[2]

Khowa, or Bugun, is a small Sino-Tibetan language spoken in India. They numbered about 1,700 in 2011.[1] Sherdukpen speakers live just to the west of them.


Bugun is spoken in the following villages in southern West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh (Dondrup 1990:iv). The total population numbered 800 in 1981.

  • Wanghoo
  • Singchung
  • Kaspi
  • Lichini
  • Ramo
  • Namphri
  • Chithu
  • Sachida
  • Pani-Phu
  • Ditching
  • Dikhiyang
  • Bicham (a recently founded hamlet)


  1. ^ a b Blench, Roger. 2011. (De)classifying Arunachal languages: Reconsidering the evidence
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bugun". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.