Monsang language

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Native toIndia
EthnicityMonsang Naga
Native speakers
2,000 (2015)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nmh

Monsang (Monsang, Monshang; autonym: Si:rti[1]) is an unclassified Sino-Tibetan (possibly Kuki-Chin) language of Northeast India. Scott DeLancey, et al. (2015)[1] classifies Monsang as a "Northwest Kuki-Chin" language.


Monsang is spoken in Chandel subdivision, Chandel district, Manipur, in the 6 villages of Liwachangning, Changnhe, Liwa Khullen (Meeleen), Liwa Sarei, Japhou, and Monsang Pantha (Pentha Khuwpuw).[3]


Unlike the more conservative Kuki-Chin languages spoken to the south such as Mizo, Monsang has many innovative phonological and morphological features.[4]


  1. ^ a b c DeLancey, Scott; Krishna Boro; Linda Konnerth1; Amos Teo. 2015. Tibeto-Burman Languages of the Indo-Myanmar borderland. 31st South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable, 14 May 2015
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Monsang Naga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Monsang, Sh. Francis; Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina. 2018. Sound System of Monsang. Himalayan Linguistics, Vol. 17(2): 77–116. doi:10.5070/H917237811
  4. ^ Konnerth, Linda. 2018. The historical phonology of Monsang (Northwestern South-Central/“Kuki-Chin”): A case of reduction in phonological complexity. Himalayan Linguistics, Vol. 17(1): 19-49.

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