Chairel language

Native to India
Region Manipur
Era attested 1859
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Linguist list
Glottolog chai1254[1]

Chairel is an extinct Sino-Tibetan language of Manipur, India. It is preserved only in a word list from 1859.[2] From the words for "sun" (sal) and "fire" (phal), it is clear that it is a Sal (Brahmaputran) language, but it has not been classified further.[3]


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Chairel". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. McCulloch, W. (1859). Account of the Valley of Munnipore and of the Hill tribes with a comparative vocabulary of the Munnipore and other languages. Calcutta: Bengal Printing Company.
  3. Benedict, Paul K. (1972). Sino-Tibetan: A Conspectus (PDF). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-521-08175-7.

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