Sahiinii Lemaina Veikho

Sahiinii Lemaina Veikho
Assistant Professor
CV Summary: 

Sahiinii Lemaina Veikho is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He has a strong research background in Speech analysis, Historical linguistics, and Language documentation.

His research focuses on the synchronic and diachronic analysis of the Trans-Himalayan languages spoken in the northeastern part of India. Specifically, he is interested in speech analysis and the development of speech corpora for under-resourced languages, with the ultimate goal of creating language technology for the speech communities. By accumulating enough speech data, he aims to reconstruct ancient language structures of these languages using computational models.

Contact Information

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016

Office: MS 604-B
5th floor, MS Building


Research Areas

-Trans-Himalayan Languages


-Historical Linguistics

-Technology for Language Documentation

Academic Background

-Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow : The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris

-PhD (Linguistics): University of Bern, Switzerland

-M.Phil (Linguistics): North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong

-MA (Linguistics): North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong



-Grammar of Poumai Naga (Poula): A Trans-Himalayan Language of Northeast India (2021). Brill: Leiden. (

Peer Reviewed Articles:

-Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina. Poumai Naga (submitted) (2023). The Oxford Guide to the Tibeto-Burman Languages. Kristine Hildebrandt, Yankee Modi, David Peterson and Hiroyuki Suzuki (eds.). Published by Oxford University Press.

-Monsang, S., Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina. (2018). Sound System of Monsang. Himalayan Linguistics, 17(2). Published by University of California: California, USA (

-Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina and Sarmah, Priyankoo (2018). Vowels and Tones in Poula. Linguistics of Tibeto-Burman Area, Volume 41:1. Published byJohn Benjamins Publishing Company: The Netherlands. (

-Mushahary, Jitamoni and Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2016). A Note on Bodo phonology. Indian Linguistics, Volume 77, page 71-90.

-Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina and Barika, Khyriem (2015). Poula phonetics and phonology: An initial overview. North East Indian Linguistics Vol. 7: 45-60.Canberra, Australian National University: Asia-Pacifc Linguistics Open Access (

-Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina and Mushahary, Jitamoni (2015). Preliminary Acoustics Study of Vowels and Tones in Kokborok. In Nepalese Linguistics Vol. 30:161-166. (



-Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2023), (Keynote Speaker) “Exploring the acoustic properties of tone in Trans-Himalayan languages” at the 27th International Symposium on Frontiers of Research in Speech and Music (FRSM-2023). Organized at National Institute of Technology, Surat, from the 4th to 5th August, 2023 (

-Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2023), (Invited talk) “Diachronic Analysis of Angami-Pochuric languages Spoken in Northeast India” Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for Linguistics, February 20, 2023.

-Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2022), (Invited guest talk) “Angami-Pochuric languages,an understudied clade of the Sino-Tibetan family” University of Munster, Germany, December 20, 2022. (

-Veikho, Sahiinii Lemaina (2019), (Invited guest talk) “Poumai Naga languages under the Angami-Pochuri clade” University of Zurich, Switzerland, October 17,2019. (


-The Young Faculty Incentive Fellowship, IIT Delhi (2023-2026)

-Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, Berlin (2022 to 2024), (Total Amount: €111805), grant reference no. IPF0383.

-Dr. Josephine De Karman Fellowship (2018-2019), Switzerland.

-Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research Grant (USA). Amount: $7,025. Documentation of those endangered traditions of Poumai Naga. (2017-2018).