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A language of India

ISO 639-3nkd

Population  3,000 (2002). 1,056 in Manipur (2001 census).
Region  Manipur, Senapati District, Saikul and Kangpokpi subdivisions, 5 villages; Bishnupur District, 3 villages south of Moirang; Chandel District, 2 villages near Palel; Nagaland.
Alternate names   Koirng, Kolren, Koren, Kwoireng, Liangmai, Liangmei, Liyang, Liyangmai, Lyengmai, Quoireng
Dialects  Not intelligible with any related speech varieties (1991 P. Khasung). Lexical similarity: 62%–68% with Aimol [aim], 60%–66% with Purum [pub], 64% with Kharam Naga [kfw].
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Kuki-Chin-Naga, Naga, Zeme
Language use  Purest Koireng spoken in Satu and Utonglo (2000 T. Shiekshel). All ages, although children mix Meitei [mni] in with L1. Also use Meitei or English. Some also use Kom [kmm].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 70%–80%. Older adults read Meitei, the young read English.
Comments  Different from Liangmai Naga [njn]. A Scheduled Tribe. Assigned under 3 different Naga groups politically. Swidden agriculturalists, wet cultivation. Christian, traditional religion.
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