Vaiphei language

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Region India
Ethnicity Vaiphei (Zomi)
Native speakers
40,000 (2001 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 vap
Glottolog vaip1239[2]

Vaiphei is a Kukish language of India spoken in Manipur, Assam, Meghalaya, and Tripura. The dialect spoken in Manipur exhibits a least partial mutual intelligibility with the other Kukish dialects of the area including Thadou, Hmar, Paite, Simte, Kom and Gangte languages.[3]

Geographical distribution[edit]

Vaiphei is spoken in more than 30 villages of Churachandpur district, southern Manipur (Ethnologue). There are also speakers in Assam, Meghalaya, and Tripura.


  1. ^ Distribution of the 100 non-scheduled languages, n° 95 Vaiphei
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Vaiphei". 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.