Sahiinii Lemaina Veikho

Sahiinii Lemaina Veikho Sahiinii Lemaina Veikho is a PhD student at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is working to produce a grammatical description of the Poumai Naga language, known as Poula, a hitherto undocumented Tibeto-Burman language of northeastern India. His work will include documentation and analysis of the phonology, morphophonology, morphology, morphosyntax and syntax of Poula and also document a substantive portion of the Poula lexicon. Sahiinii is a recipient of Dr. Josephine De Karman Fellowship. In addition, he is awarded a grant by Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research to document those endangered traditions of Poumai Naga.

Poumai Naga

Poula is spoken by approximately 127,381 people in Manipur and Nagaland in northeastern India.The literature available in Poula to date is limited to Bible translations and hymn books in an orthography in Roman script devised by the Bible Society of India. A proper description of Poula will provide accurate analytical documentation of the language, enable the study of the typological characteristics of the language, and help the Poumai Naga community in their aspirations to further literacy development. This research will help determine the precise classification of Poula within Angami-Pochuri and even shed light on the phylogenetic position of the Angami-Pochuri subgroup as a whole within the Tibeto-Burman language family, also known as Trans-Himalayan.


  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina & Monsang, Sh. Francis (2018). (accepted) Sound System of Monsang. Himalayan Linguistics, Volume 17.2.
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina and Sarmah, Priyankoo (2018). Vowels and Tones in Poula. Linguistic of Tibeto-Burman Area, Volume 41:1, page 22-44.
  • Mushahary, Jitamoni and Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2016). Some observations in Bodo phonology. Indian Linguistics, Volume 77, page 71-90
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina and Khyriem, Barika. 2015. 'Poula phonetics and phonology; An initial overview', In L. Konnerth, S. Morey, P. Sarmah and A. Teo, Eds. North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 7, 47-62. Canberra Australian National University: Asia-Pacific Linguistics Open Access.
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina and Mushahary, Jitamoni. 2015. 'A preliminary acoustic study of vowels and tones in Kokborok', Nepalese Linguistics, Volume 30, 161-166.

Conference Presentations

  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2017). Tone documentation; A tone periodic table. Poster Presented at Chulalongkorn International Student Symposium on Southeast Asian Linguistics, June 8-9, 2017. Organised by Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University in collaboration with Cornell University, Nanyang Technological University and University of Sydney
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina & Monsang, Sh. Francis (2016). Monsang Phonetics and Phonology: An Introduction. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society at the Century Park Hotel, Manila, the Philippines from May 26-28, 2016.
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina & Infimate, Marina (2016). Hmar Sound System: An Acoustic Study. Paper presented at the 22nd Himalayan Languages Symposium at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati from 8th to 10th June 2016.
  • Veikho,Sahiinii Lemaina (2016). Pronouns in Poula. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference of the North East Indian Linguistics Society at Tezpur University from 5th-7th February, 2016.
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2016) ‘ Some Acoustic Properties of Tones in Mao Naga’ Paper presented at the International Conference on Workshop in Tone and Intonation 3 at IIT Guwahati, from 6-8 Jan. 2016.
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2015) Word Structure of Poula. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of Linguistic Society of Nepal and 21st Himalayan Languages Symposium jointly on 26th-28th November 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina and Mushahary, Jitamoni (2014). Preliminary Acoustic Study of Monophthongs and Tones in Kokborok’. Paper presented at the 35th Annual International Conference of Linguistics Society of Nepal to be held on 26-27 Nov, 2014 at CEDA Hall, Tribhuvan University,Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2014) ‘An Acoustic Study of Tones in Poula’ poster presented in GRM 2014 held at IIT Guwahati on 30th Oct. and 1st Nov. 2014.
  • Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina and Kyriem, Barika (2014). Poula Phonology. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference of the North East Indian Linguistics Society at Guwahati from 31st to 2nd February, 2014.

Project with the community: Winter School of Poumai Naga Culture

The aim of this school is to preserve and promote the culture of Poumai Naga in northeast India. In this program, the younger generation of the community members get an opportunity to learn and gain unique knowledge about the culture, from the elders, that is ignored to include in school textbooks. The participants interact and learn from those learned elders that have acquired knowledge through lifelong experience of living in their native villages, not necessarily through formal education. For more detailed information please visit