Purum written in Meitei script
Native toIndia
EthnicityPurum people
Native speakers
500 (2001 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3pub

Purum (Purum Naga) is a Southern Naga language of India. Speakers consider themselves to be ethnic Naga people, rather than part of the Kuki and Chin ethnic groups. Peterson (2017)[2] classifies Purum as part of the Northwestern branch of Kuki-Chin. According Ethnologue, Purum shares a high degree of mutual intelligibility with Kharam. The speakers of this language use Meitei language as their second language (L2) according to the Ethnologue.[3]

Geographical distribution

Purum is spoken in Phaijol, Laikot, Thuisenpai, and Kharam Pallen villages of Senapati district, Manipur (Ethnologue).


  1. ^ Purum at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Peterson, David. 2017. "On Kuki-Chin subgrouping." In Picus Sizhi Ding and Jamin Pelkey, eds. Sociohistorical linguistics in Southeast Asia: New horizons for Tibeto-Burman studies in honor of David Bradley, 189-209. Leiden: Brill.
  3. ^ "Meitei | Ethnologue". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2023-05-03.