Kham, Eastern Parbate

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Eastern Parbate, Nisel, Nishel Kham, Nisi, Nisi Kham
Population

7,500 (2003 SIL), decreasing. No adult monolinguals.

Location

Dhaulagiri Zone, Baglung district. Nishel dialect: Nisi, Bhalkot, and Budhathok; Bhujel dialect: Kuku, Diza, Kang, Masbang, Musuri, and Sukurdung villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Bhujel Kham, Nishel Kham. Partially intelligible with Western Parbate [kjl] dialects. Lexical similarity: 79% between dialects, 71% with Western Parbate [kjl], 55% with Gamale [kgj], 44% with Sheshi [kip].

Language Use

Young adults and older. Some also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Hindu.