Koi

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Kohi, Koyee, Koyi, Koyu
Population

1,270 (2011 census). L2 users: Some lower caste people and Sherpa speak Koi in northern Sungdel.

Location

Sagarmatha Zone, northeast Khotang district, Sungdel VDC near Rawakhola headwaters, Sungdel and Dipsung.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.

Dialects

Behere, Sungdel. Reportedly most similar to Dumi [dus] and Khaling [klr].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; noun head final.

Language Use

Home, friends, religion; mixed use: Work. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Poetry. Magazines. New media. Dictionary.
Other Comments

Ethnonym: Koi, live scattered in other language areas, speak only Nepali [npi]. Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.