Simte language

Native to India
Region Manipur
Ethnicity Simte
Native speakers
10,200 (2001 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 smt
Glottolog simt1238[2]

Simte is a Kuki-Chin language of India. It is spoken primarily by the Simte people in Northeastern India, who are concentrated in Manipur and adjacent areas of Mizoram and Assam. The dialect spoken in Manipur exhibits partial mutual intelligibility with the other Kukish dialects of the area including Thadou, Hmar, Vaiphei, Paite, Kom and Gangte.[3] It is written in Latin script.

Geographical distribution

Simte is spoken in the following villages of Churachandpur district, southwestern Manipur (Ethnologue).

  • Minjang
  • Tuibuong
  • Simveng
  • New Bazar
  • Thanlon
  • Leijangpai
  • Zoutung
  • Sumtuk
  • Mong awn
  • Pamjal
  • Sainoujang
  • Tallian
  • Dumsao
  • Khuanung
  • Lungthul
  • Singhat
  • Mualjin
  • Maokot
  • Suangdai
  • Suangpehmun

Additional villages not listed by Ethnologue include:

  • Milongmun
  • Gamhui


  1. Distribution of the 100 non-scheduled languages, n° 87 Simte
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Simte". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. 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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