Maringic languages

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EthnicityMaring Naga
Native speakers
26,000 (2011 census)[1]
Meitei alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
nng – Maring proper
nkb – Khoibu
A Khoibu speaker recorded in India.

Maring and Uipo (Khoibu) are closely related Sino-Tibetan languages spoken by the Maring Naga and Khoibu (Uipo) Naga of India. Linguistically they are closest to the Tangkhulic languages.

Maring is spoken in Laiching in the southeast of Chandel District, Manipur and the northern border mountainous region of Tengnoupal subdivision of that district (Ethnologue). Khoibu is spoken in Khoibu, Narum, Saibol, and Yangkhul villages of Chandel District (Ethnologue).

In 2020 Uipo language activist Mr. Mosyel Syelsaangthyel Khaling became the first Indian citizen to receive the Excellence in Community Linguistics Award of the Linguistic Society of America - the most prestigious award for linguistic activism in the world. [2]


  1. "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues - 2011". Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  2. "Uipo Language Activist to Receive 2020 Excellence in Community Linguistics Award". Retrieved 10 June 2020.

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