Kom Rem
Native speakers
15,108 (2011 census)[1]
  • Kom
  • Kolhreng
Language codes
ISO 639-3kmm

Kom is a language of the Kom tribe of India. Kohlreng is usually considered a dialect of Kom, but may be a distinct language. Speakers of Kom live in the hilly provinces of Myanmar and India.[3]

Geographical distribution

Speakers of Kom are found in the northeastern Indian states of Nagaland, Assam, and Tripura. Some of the population migrated in southern Manipur, concentrated in villages located in Churachandpur district from Myanmar,(Ethnologue). In Devi (2011:81),[4] these 22 villages are listed as Sinam Kom, Theiyong Kom, Laikot Kom, Ichum Kom, Kom Keirap, Khoirentak, Sagang, Luikhumbi, Lallumbung, Mantak, Tuiringkhaison, Samulamlan, Chinglanmei, Bungsalane, Lananphai, Ngairong, Mungrushi, Sambangyan, Tonsen tampak, and Khulen.

Devi (2011:80)[4] lists some important Kom villages and localities as:



Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p t c k
voiced b d
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative v s h
Trill r
Approximant lateral l
central w j


Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e ə o
Open a



  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 7 July 2018.
  2. ^ DeLancey, Scott; Krishna Boro; Linda Konnerth1; Amos Teo. 2015. Tibeto-Burman Languages of the Indo-Myanmar borderland. 31st South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable, 14 May 2015
  3. ^ Singh, Chungkham Yashawanta (1995). "The linguistic situation in Manipur" (PDF). Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. 18 (1): 129–134. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Devi, Ch. Sarajubala. 2011. "Linguistic Ecology of Kom." In Singh, Shailendra Kumar (ed). Linguistic Ecology of Manipur. Guwahati: EBH Publishers.
  5. ^ Aimol, Chongom Damrengthang (2007). A descriptive grammar of Kom. Canchipur: Manipur University.

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