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Kharam language

Transliteration of "Kharam" in Meitei script
Native toIndia
EthnicityKharam people
Native speakers
1,400 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kfw
Glottologkhar1288  Kharam Naga

Kharam is a Southern Naga language of India. Peterson (2017)[2] classifies the closely related Purum language (and hence Kharam as well) as part of the Northwestern branch of Kuki-Chin. According Ethnologue, Kharam shares a high degree of mutual intelligibility with Purum. The speakers of this language use Meitei language as their second language (L2) according to the Ethnologue.[3]

Geographical distribution

Kharam Naga is spoken in the following locations of Manipur (Ethnologue).

  • Senapati district: Purumlikli, Purumkhulen, Purumkhunou, Waicheiphai, and Moibunglikli villages
  • Chandel district: Lamlang Huipi, Chandanpokpi, Khongkhang Chothe, Loirang Talsi, Salemthar, Zat’lang, and New Wangparan villages


  1. ^ Kharam at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Peterson, David. 2017. "On Kuki-Chin subgrouping." In Picus Sizhi Ding and Jamin Pelkey, eds. Sociohistorical linguistics in Southeast Asia: New horizons for Tibeto-Burman studies in honor of David Bradley, 189-209. Leiden: Brill.
  3. ^ "Meitei | Ethnologue". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2023-05-03.
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