Chakpa Phayeng is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the Imphal west district, Manipur. It is considered a dialect of Manipuri. It is spoken in the Chakpa
Phayeng village located in the Lamshang Tehsil of Imphal West district, Manipur with a total of 660 families (a population of 2728). This village is 13km away
from the district headquarter Lamsang. Till date only one field trip (16 to 30 June 2016) has been conducted in the Chakpa Phayeng village. Chakpa Phayeng is
now obsolete although some of them are in the lips of ritual experts in connection with the annual merry-making ceremony of the community, mourning of one's death
and Lai Haraoba rituals. It is also used in everyday worship of their gods. The traditional occupation of the Chakpa Phayeng community is cultivation, pig farming
and making of local rice beer. The literacy rate of the community is 75.17% compared to that of 76.94% of Manipur. The male literacy rate stands at 83.88% while
the female literacy rate is 67.13%. The Chakpa Phayeng community traditionally worships gods Sanamahi, Leimarel, Pakhamgba, Soraren, and Koubru.
During the investigation it was discovered that Chakpa Phayeng is very close to Meitei (Manipuri). Subsequently, the investigation was discontinued, and the
concerned team is now studying the Purum language instead. However, although there are more similarities than differences between Chakpa Phayeng and Meitei,
the tonal variation of Chakpa Phayeng is quite different from that of Meitei, the language of the dominant group of the Manipuri community.
Data collected from the 3 field trips:
1050 lexical items; 150 sentences; 2 folk songs; 2 narratives.
Field Assistant with an Informant
The Chakpa Phayeng Village