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Saam

A language of Nepal

ISO 639-3raq

Population  23 (2001 census).
Region  Mechi zone, South Ilam District.
Language map  Eastern Nepal, reference number 89
Alternate names   Saam Rai, Saama Kha, Samakha
Dialects  Bungla, Sambya.
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Himalayish, Mahakiranti, Kiranti, Eastern
Language use  Shifting to Nepali [nep] or Bantawa [bap]. A few older adults.
Comments  Other groups called ‘Saam’ may be Kulung [kle], Limkhim [lii], or Pongyong [pgy]. Hindu, traditional religion. Nearly extinct.
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