Mewahang, Eastern

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Eastern Meohang, Mewahang, Newahang, Newahang Jimi, Newang, Newange Rai
Population

4,650 all Mewahang (2011 census). Almost no monolinguals. Ethnic population: 3,000.

Location

Kosi Zone, Sankhuwasabha district, Mangtewa, Yaphu, and Choyang VDCs; upper Arun valley east of the river. Sunsari dialect: Sunsari district, Bhaludhunga and Bishnupaduka VDC; Dibum (Dibung) dialect: Mangtewa VDC; Mulgaon-Wangtang dialect: Yaphu VDC.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.

Dialects

Dibum, Mulgaon-Wangtang, Sunsari. Structurally different from Western Mewahang [raf].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; noun head final; verbal affixation marks person and number; tense and aspect.

Language Use

Shifting to Nepali [npi]. Home, religion; mixed use: Friends, work. Older adults and elderly. Some use among children, adolescents, and young adults. Also use Kulung [kle], Lohorung [lbr], Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary.
Writing

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

The language is regarded as a dialect of Western Mewahang [raf]. Traditional religion, Hindu.