Chhintang

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Chhintange, Chintang, Chintang Rûng, Teli
Population

3,500 (2008 CPDP), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 5,000.

Location

East, Koshi Zone, Dhankuta district, Chhintang and Aahale VDCs.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality (2002, NFDIN Act, No. 20, Section 2C), Rai nationality.

Dialects

Mulgaun, Sambhugaon. Probably not intelligible with Bantawa [bap], but sometimes considered a dialect of it due to ethnic similarities. Only a few lexical items and grammatical markers are different between the two dialects.

Typology

SOV; postpositions; noun head final; no noun classes or genders; content q-word in situ; up to 4 prefixes (in free order), up to 7 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person and number; ergativity; both tense and aspect; no passives or voice; nontonal; 29 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes

Language Use

Home, religion, work; mixed use: Friends. Young adults and older. Some use among children and adolescents. Neutral attitudes. Almost all are bilingual in Bantawa [bap].

Language Development
Videos. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing
Devanagari script, recently developed.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Hindu, Christian.