Language Contexts

Sartang (West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, India) - Language Contexts

  • Timotheus A. Bodt


Sartang is a recently coined name for a Scheduled Tribe inhabiting four villages and their associated hamlets in West Kameng district of the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Sartang also refers to the four linguistic varieties that the people belonging to this Scheduled Tribe speak. Sartang is a Trans-Himalayan language belonging to the Western Kho-Bwa languages of the Kho-Bwa cluster. Because of low speaker numbers and rapid socio-economic developments in the area, Sartang may be considered vulnerable. This paper provides an initial overview of the four Sartang varieties, their purported origin, their history, their genetic classification, their contact languages, the language use, and attitudes, and two characteristic aspects of the Sartang culture.

Keywords: Sartang, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Trans-Himalayan, Western Kho-Bwa

How to Cite:

Bodt, T., (2021) “Sartang (West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, India) - Language Contexts”, Language Documentation and Description 20, 162-188. doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2021
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