Paite language

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Native to Burma, India
Ethnicity Paite
Native speakers
64,000 (2001 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pck
Glottolog pait1244[2]

Paite is a language spoken by the Paite people. There are different Paite dialects. The language exhibits mutual intelligibility with the other dialects of the region including Thadou, Hmar, Vaiphei, Simte, Kom, Gangte and other languages.[3]

There are two major dialects of Paite in Manipur, namely Lamjang and Dapjal.[4]

Geographical distribution[edit]

Paite is spoken in the following locations (Ethnologue).


Ethnologue lists the following dialects of Paite.

  • Bukpi (Bukpui)
  • Dapzal (Dapzar)
  • Dim
  • Dimpi
  • Lamzang
  • Lousau
  • Saizang
  • Sihzang
  • Telzang (Teizang)
  • Tuichiap


  1. ^ Paite at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Paite Chin". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Singh, Chungkham Yashawanta (1995). "The linguistic situation in Manipur" (PDF). Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. 18 (1): 129–134. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Singh, Naorem Saratchandra Singh (2006). A Grammar of Paite. Mittal Publications. p. xviii. ISBN 978-8183240680. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  • Singh, Naorem Saratchandra. 2006. A grammar of Paite. New Delhi: Mittal Publications.

Further reading[edit]

  • Muivah, Esther T. 1993. English-Paite dictionary. Lamka, Manipur: Paite Tribe Council.
  • Tualkhothang, Naulak. 2003. English-Paite dictionary. Lamka, Manipur: The Tualkhothang Naulak Memorial Trust.
  • Tawmbing, Chinzam. 2014. English-Paite dictionary. Lamka, Manipur: Hornbill Publication.
  • Paite Tribe Council. 2013. Paite customary law & practices / Paite pupa ngeina dan leh a kizatnate. Lamka, Manipur: Paite Tribe Council.
  • Thuamkhopau, T. 2009. Paite paunaak leh pau upate. Manipur: Tribal Research Institute.