Tiwa language (India)

Native to India
Region Assam, Meghalaya
Ethnicity 371,000 approx. Tiwa (Lalung) (2011 census)[1]
Native speakers
33,921 (2011 census)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lax
Glottolog tiwa1253[3]

Tiwa or Lalung, is a Tibeto-Burman or Sino-Tibetan language of Assam in North East India.

Geographical distribution

Like most languages of the hill tribes of the northeast, hill Tiwa does not have its own script and is written in the Roman (Latin) alphabet, occasionally in English and Assamese script. Tiwa is spoken in the following districts (Ethnologue).


  1. "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues - 2011". www.censusindia.gov.in. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tiwa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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