Wancho language

Native to India
Native speakers
59,154 (2011 census)[1]
Devanagari, Latin, Wancho
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nnp
Glottolog wanc1238[2]

Wancho is a Konyak language of north-eastern India. Wancho is spoken in 36 villages of southeastern Longding district, Tirap district, Arunachal Pradesh, as well as in Assam and Nagaland (Ethnologue). Alternate names include Banpara Naga, Joboka, Jokoba.


Wancho is spoken by the Wancho people who have a population of 56,866 according to a 2011 consensus, and mainly populate the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Although a minority, these inhabitants have a rich culture with rituals, ceremonial practices, religion, and various dialects of Wancho.[3]


Ethnologue lists the following dialects of Wancho.

  • Changnoi
  • Bor Muthun (Bor Mutonia)
  • Horu Muthun
  • Kulung Muthun (Mithan)

There is significant variation among the dialects spoken in the upper and lower regions.


Languages Wancho
Creator Banwang Losu
Created 2001
Direction Left-to-right
ISO 15924 Wcho, 283

Wancho is generally written in either Devanagari or Latin script. Between 2001 and 2012 teacher Banwang Losu devised a unique alphabetic script for Wancho which is taught in some schools.[4]


  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). "Wancho Naga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. “Wancho people.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 8 Feb. 2018
  4. Everson, Michael (2017-07-26). "L2/17-067R: Proposal to encode the Wancho script in the UCS" (PDF).
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