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, Khispi) and Chug (Duhumbi) are a small dialect cluster of West Kameng district, 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).[4] 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.[5]

Chug is also spoken in Duhumbi village, and Lish is also spoken in Khispi village.[5] Despite speaking languages closely related to Mey, the people of these two villages identify as Monpa, not Mey.


  1. ^ ISO change request
  2. ^ Chug at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Chug–Lish". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ Roger Blench and Mark Post. 2011. (De)classifying Arunachal languages: Reconsidering the evidence.
  5. ^ a b Blench, Roger. 2015. The Mey languages and their classification. Presentation given at the University of Sydney.