Central Nicobarese languages

Central Nicobarese languages
Central Nicobarese
Nancowry, Camorta, Katchal
Spoken in India
Region Camorta, Nancowry, Katchal, & Trinket Islands, Nicobars
Native speakers 10,100  (2001 census)
Language family
Camorta (Trinkut, [laːfuːl])
Nancowry ([naːn.kəuri])
Katchal (Tehnu)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ncb
Linguist List ncb-nan (Nancowry)
  ncb-kat (Katchal)
  ncb-cam (Camorta)

Central Nicobarese is a group of Nicobarese languages spoken on the Nicobar Islands. The varieties spoken on the various islands apart from Trinket are not mutually intelligible, and are considered separate languages:

  • Nancowry
  • Camorta
  • Katchal (Tehnu)

Each constitutes approx. one third of speakers.

* The c is pronounced /k/ in Nancowry and Camorta.

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