EthnicityVaiphei or Mizo
Native speakers
42,748(Manipur), 2500 (Assam), 1000 (Meghalaya), 500 (Nagaland), 3000 (Mizoram); Total: 49,748 (2011 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3vap

Vaiphei is a Kuki-Chin language of India spoken in Mizoram, Manipur, Assam, Meghalaya, and Tripura. The dialect spoken in Manipur exhibits a least partial mutual intelligibility with the other Mizo/Kukish dialects of the area including Thadou, Hmar, Paite, Simte, Kom and Gangte languages.[2]

Geographical distribution

Vaiphei is spoken in more than 30 villages of Churachandpur district, southern Manipur (Ethnologue). There are also speakers in Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.


  1. ^ "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues - 2011". Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  2. ^ Singh, Chungkham Yashawanta (1995). "The linguistic situation in Manipur" (PDF). Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. 18 (1): 129–134. Retrieved 19 June 2014.