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Yamphu language

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Native speakers
9,200 (2011 census)[1]
2,500 Southern Yamphu (2011)[1] presumably covered in census figure
Language codes
ISO 639-3ybi

Yamphu is a Kiranti language spoken by the Yamphu, a Kiranti people of the Himalayas of Nepal. Tomyang (Chongka) is a recently discovered dialect spoken by only 20 people. Both it and Yamphe are distinct. Southern Yamphu is also considered to be Southern Lorung. These varieties are all closely related.

Geographical distribution

Yamphu is spoken in the following locations of Nepal (Ethnologue).

  • Sankhuwasabha District, Kosi Zone: Hedangna, Num, Seduwa, Peppuwa, Mangsimma, Karmarang, Tungkhaling, Uwa, Ala, Uling, and Walung villages
  • Matsya Pokhari VDC, located in the upper Arun River valley in the Eastern hills; extreme north Lorung area, directly southwest of the Jaljale Mountains
  • Bhojpur District, Kosi Zone
  • [Ilam district: Fikkal, Kolbung, Panchakanya, Jitpur, Danabari, Mahamai (VDCs)].
  • [Jhapa district], Morang and Sunsari
  • Darijiling, Sikkim, Silong, Meghalaya, Misoram,Barma, Bhutan and Thailand (Officially recorded)
  • However, Yamphu are dispersed all over the world including USA, Europe, South America, Africa and other continent of the world.


  1. ^ a b Yamphu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Yamphuic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  • Rutgers, Roland (1998). Yamphu: Grammar, Texts & Lexicon. Leiden: Research School CNWS. – ISBN 90-5789-012-7

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