Darmiya

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Darimiya, Darmani, Saukas, Shaukas
Population

1,750 (2006 C. Willis). Ethnic population: 4,000.

Location

Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh district, Darchula and Munsyari tahsils, Dhauli valley, from Tawaghat near Dharchula south to Sipoo in the north along Dhauli river. Dar, Bongling, Selachal, Nanglin, Baling, Dugtu, Saung, Baun, Philam, Datu, Gwo, Marchha, Dhakar, Sobla, and Sipoo villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Related to Rangkas [rgk], Chaudangsi [cdn] and Byangsi [bee].

Language Use

Learn Kumaoni [kfy] and Hindi [hin] simultaneously with their mother tongue. Code switching and code mixing very common. Uncertain whether stable bilingualism will continue or whether Kumaoni or Hindi will replace Darmiya. Home, community. High bilingualism Hindi [hin]. Hindi is medium of education at all levels. Also use Central Tibetan [bod], Kumaoni [kfy], Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Ranglo or Rang often used for Byangs, Chaudangs, Darmiya, and Rongpo. Hindu, traditional religion.