Kom language (India)

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Kom Rem
Native speakers
15,108 (2011 census)[1]
  • Kom
  • Kolhreng
Language codes
ISO 639-3kmm

Kom is a Kuki-Chin language of India. Kohlreng is usually considered a dialect of Kom, but may be a distinct language. Speakers of Kom live in the hilly provinces of Northeastern India. The dialect of Manipur has at least partial mutual intelligibility with the other Kukish dialects of the area, including Thadou, Hmar, Vaiphei, Simte, Paite, and Gangte languages.[3] Aimol, Koireng and Chiru speakers also understand Kom.

Geographical distribution[edit]

Speakers of Kom are found in the northeastern Indian states of Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, and Tripura. The majority of the population lives in eastern and central Manipur, concentrated in 22 villages located in Churachandpur district, Tamenglong district, Senapati district, and Bishenpur district (Ethnologue). In Devi (2011:81),[4] these 22 villages are listed as Sinam Kom, Theiyong Kom, Laikot Kom, Ichum Kom, Kom Keirap, Khoirentak, Sagang, Luikhumbi, Lallumbung, Mantak, Tuiringkhaison, Samulamlan, Chinglanmei, Bungsalane, Lananphai, Ngairong, Mungrushi, Sambangyan, Tonsen tampak, and Khulen.

Devi (2011:80)[4] lists some important Kom villages and localities as:


Kom is a tonal language with three tones.


Although Kom language is a kuki chin language it share the most similarities with one of the Naga tribe called "INPUI". Both share several similarities from verb to nouns etc. Example Bu is refer to Food in Kom similarly Inpui also used the same.

some others examples
  • Kom- Hongtro (come here)
    • Inpui- Hongo (come)
  • Kom- Ongtro (sit down)
    • Inpui- Ongtawo (sit down)


  1. "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues – 2011". www.censusindia.gov.in. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  2. 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
  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. 4.0 4.1 Devi, Ch. Sarajubala. 2011. "Linguistic Ecology of Kom." In Singh, Shailendra Kumar (ed). Linguistic Ecology of Manipur. Guwahati: EBH Publishers.

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