Sorbung language

Region Manipur
Ethnicity Tangkhul Naga
Native speakers
300 (2011)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog sorb1250[1]

Sorbung is a recently discovered Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Manipur, northeastern India. It could be either a Kukish or Tangkhul language. Mortenson and Keogh (2011) consider a Kukish affiliation to be more likely, although they recognize that are strong links with Southern Tangkhul.[2]

Sorbung is spoken by about 300 people of Sorbung village, Ukhrul District, Manipur, northeastern India. Sorbung speakers consider themselves to be ethnic Tangkhul. A language that is unambiguously Tangkhulic is spoken in nearby Tusom village. Kuki (Thadou) and Maring are also spoken in neighboring villages.


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Sorbung". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. Mortenson, David and Jennifer Keogh. 2011. "Sorbung, an Undocumented Language of Manipur: its Phonology and Place in Tibeto-Burman". In JEALS 4, vol 1.

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