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Extinct: no
Family: Austro-Asiatic
Branch: Mon-Khmer
Continent: Asia
Country: India
Region: Assam, Cachar, Nowgong, North Cachar Hills, Lakhimpur, Kamrup districts; Meghalaya, East and West Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills districts; Manipur; West Bengal; Tripura. Also spoken in Bangladesh.
Countries Where Spoken: 865,000 in India (1997 IMA).
Countries Where Official: India
Native Speakers: 865,000
Speakers Total: 865,000
Phrasebase members who speak Khasi at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Khasi at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Khasi: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Khasi: 0
Three Letter Code: KHI
Summary: Bhoi in East Khasi Hills, Nongpoh block, and Nonglung in East Khasi Hills, Umksning block, are very different from standard Khasi, with different word order. Lyngngam dialect in West Khasi Hills , Mawshynrut block is divergent, and may not be a dialect (Abbi 1997). Many varieties called dialects have only partial inherent intelligibility with each other by their speakers. Amwi is a separate language (B. Comrie 1989). Used in government, courts, mass media in Meghalaya. A Scheduled Tribe in India. Lyngngam is a former Garo clan, but do not mix with the Garo, and consider themselves to be Khasi (R. Breton 1997). Investigation needed: intelligibility with dialects. Official language. Dictionary. SVO. Roman script. Radio programs, TV. Traditional religion, Christian. Bible 1891.

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