Biete language

Region India
Ethnicity Biate
Native speakers
19,000 (1997)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 biu
Glottolog biet1238[2]

Biete is one of the oldest languages in India. The speakers of the language are also known as Biate. They are mainly concentrated in the districts of Dima Hasao in Assam and Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya. A few speakers are also found in the state of Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura. According to the 2001 census of India there were 20,000 speakers of the language in the Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.

Geographical distribution

Biete is spoken in the following locations (Ethnologue).


  1. Biete at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Biete". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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