Angami–Pochuri languages

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Linguistic classificationSino-Tibetan

The Angami–Pochuri languages are a small family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in southern Nagaland and Northern Manipur of northeast India. Conventionally classified as "Naga", they are not clearly related to other Naga languages, and are conservatively classified as an independent branch of Sino-Tibetan, pending further research.

Coupe (2012)[1] considers the Ao languages to be most closely related to Angami–Pochuri as part of a wider Angami–Ao group.


The Angami languages are:

The Pochuri languages are:

Rengma–Simi might form a third branch according to Burling (2003).[2][3]


  1. Coupe, Alexander R. 2012. Overcounting numeral systems and their relevance to sub-grouping in the Tibeto-Burman languages of Nagaland. Language and Linguistics / Academica Sinica 13. 193-220.
  2. Burling, R. (2003). The Tibeto-Burman languages of Northeastern India. In G. Thurgood & R. LaPolla (Eds.), The Sino-Tibetan Languages (pp. 169-191). London: Routledge.
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forke, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2020). "Angami-Pochuri". Glottolog 4.3.
  • George van Driem (2001) Languages of the Himalayas: An Ethnolinguistic Handbook of the Greater Himalayan Region. Brill.

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