Lish language

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Lish
Lishpa, Khispi
RegionArunachal Pradesh
EthnicityLishipa
Native speakers
1,500 (2017)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3lsh
Glottologlish1235[2]

Lish (also called Lishpa or Khispi) is a Kho-Bwa language of West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh in India. It is closely related to Chug.

The Lish (population 1,567 in 1981) live in Dirang village, a few miles from Chug village, and in Gompatse. The Gompatse variety is not Lish proper, but is rather a lect closely related to Lish.[3]

Lish is also spoken in Khispi village.[3] Despite speaking languages closely related to Mey (Sherdukpen), the people identify as Monpa, not Mey.

According to Lieberherr & Bodt (2017)[1], Lish is spoken by 1,500 people in 3 main villages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lieberherr, Ismael; Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus. 2017. Sub-grouping Kho-Bwa based on shared core vocabulary. In Himalayan Linguistics, 16(2).
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Lish". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Blench, Roger. 2015. The Mey languages and their classification. Presentation given at the University of Sydney.