2,000 (Noonan 1997), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 9,820 (2001 census).
Dhaulagiri Zone, Myagdi district, Kali Gandaki river valley. Ethnic Chantel in Baglung district.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality (2002, NFDIN Act, No. 20, Section 2C).
Home, villages (Noonan 1996). Not used for singing. All also use Nepali [npi].
Some believe Chantyal will be replaced soon. Outsiders often regard it as Magar, but they claim a Thakuri origin (de Sales 1993). Much lexical borrowing from Nepali. Sometimes called Khamkura as are Kham languages, which can have a general meaning of local non-Nepali dialect. (Watters 2002). Traditional religion, Buddhist.