Pangkhu language

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Native to Bangladesh, India
Region Bilaichari, Jorachari, Barkal, & Baghaichari districts, and parts of Rangamati district
Native speakers
3,200 in Bangladesh (2012)[1]
unknown number in India[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pkh
Glottolog pank1249[2]

Pangkhua (Pangkhu), or Paang, is a Kuki-Chin language primarily spoken in Bangladesh. Most speakers of Pangkhu are bilingual in Bengali, and most education in Pangkhu is conducted in that language.

Since there is essentially no literature in Pangkhua, other than oral folk tales and songs, the Pangkhua community members use Lushai literature. There are minimal language differences between Pangkhua and Lushai[3]


The dialects of the two main communities that use Pangkhu, Bilaichari and Konglak, share 88% of their basic vocabulary.


  1. ^ a b Pangkhua at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Pankhu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Kim, Amy; Roy (2011). "The Kuki-Chin Communities of Bangladesh: A sociolinguistic survey" (PDF). SIL International. 

External links

  • Endangered Languages Profile for Panghku
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