Konyak languages

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Northern Naga
Linguistic classification Sino-Tibetan
  • Konyak–Chang
  • Tangsa–Nocte
Glottolog kony1246[1]

The Konyak languages, or Northern Naga, are a small family of half a dozen Sino-Tibetan languages spoken by the Naga people in southeastern Arunachal Pradesh and northeastern Nagaland states of northeastern India. They are not particularly closely related to other Naga languages. The best known Konyak languages are Konyak and Nocte.

The Konyak languages are some of the most neglected of the Sino-Tibetan family. No thorough research has been done apart from few books written during the colonial era.[citation needed] There are a large number of divergent dialects, and villages even a few kilometers apart frequently have to rely on a separate common language.


Konyak, Chang, Wancho, Phom, KhiamniunganPonyoHtangan
Tase (Tangsa), Nocte, Tutsa

Ethnologue 17 adds Makyan. Makyan is most closely related to Leinong (Htangan) (Naw Sawu 2016:6).


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Konyak". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 


  • French, Walter T. 1983. Northern Naga: A Tibeto-Burman mesolanguage. Ph.D. Dissertation, The City University of New York.
  • George van Driem (2001) Languages of the Himalayas: An Ethnolinguistic Handbook of the Greater Himalayan Region. Brill.