Nancowry is a member of the Nicobarese branch of the Austroasiatic language family. It is spoken in the central Nicobar Islands, part of the India state of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, mainly on the islands of Katchal, Camorta and Nancowry. It was also spoken on the island Trinkat until 2004, when a tsunami made the the island uninhabitable and the people moved to Kamorta. Each island where Nancowry is spoken has its own dialect. In 2001 there were about 5,826 speakers of Nancowry, which is also known as Central Nicobares, Nicobar or Nang-kaur.
Nancowry was first documnented in the late 19th century. Since then a number of dictionaries and other materials about and in the language have been published. There are ways to write it with the Devanagari and Latin alphabets.
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