Inpui language

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Native toIndia
RegionManipur, Nagaland, Assam
Native speakers
29,000 (2001 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nkf
Glottolog(insufficiently attested or not a distinct language)

Inpui, or Inpui Naga, is a Naga language spoken in 16 villages of Senapati district, Tamenglong district, and Imphal district in Manipur, India. Speakers of Inpui and Rongmei are subsumed under the tribal label Kabui.Kabui was originally the Inpui but Rongmei in Imphal valley also used that name 'kabui' but Rongmei in the hill did not used the name.

Inpui(known as mpuimei or puimei by Rongmei) and Rongmei are sometimes considered to be the same language, despite being mutually unintelligible and only 68% lexically similar. The Inpui-speaking people are mainly concentrated in Tamenglong district of Manipur specially in Haochong areas which is a cluster of about 10 villages. The Inpui speakers also resides in Tamenglong headquarters, Noney areas, Makuilongdi and Senapati headquarters in Senapati district and three Inpui villages namely Changangei, Yurembam and Tamphagei in Imphal valley. The Inpui-speaking people are also found in Peren and Dimapur district of Nagaland.


  1. ^ Inpui at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Inpui Naga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.