Thadou language

Native to India, Burma
Ethnicity Thadou people
Native speakers
(270,000 cited 1983 and 2001 censuses)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tcz
Glottolog thad1238[2]

Thadou (Thado, Thaadou, Thado-Ubiphei, Thado-Pao) is a common Kukish language spoken widely in the northeastern part of India and Burma. The Saimar dialect[3] was reported in the Indian press in 2012 to be spoken by only four people in one village in the state of Tripura.[4] The variety spoken in Manipur has partial mutual intelligibility with the other Kukish varieties of the area including Paite, Hmar, Vaiphei, Simte, Kom and Gangte languages.[5]

Geographical distribution

Thadou is spoken in the following locations (Ethnologue).


Ethnologue lists the following dialects of Thadou. There is high mutual intelligibility among dialects.


  1. Thadou at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Thado Chin". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Albrecht Klose, 2001. Languages of the world
  4. "Just 4 people keep a language alive". The Hindu. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  5. Singh, Chungkham Yashawanta (1995). "The linguistic situation in Manipur" (PDF). Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. 18 (1): 129–134. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
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