Kurux, Nepali

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Dhangar, Jangad, Janghard, Jhangad, Jhanger, Oraon, Orau, Uraon, Uraw
Population

28,600 (2001 census), decreasing. 0 monolinguals (2002 UNESCO). Ethnic population: 41,800. Dhagar (Jhagar).

Location

Kosi Zone, Sunsari district.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Some differences from Kurux [kru] in India and Bangladesh, but mutually intelligible.

Typology

SOV; postpositions; noun head final; 2 noun classes (human, non-human); content q-word initial; 1 prefix, up to 6 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person, number and genders of subject and object; ergativity; tense and aspect; passives and voice; nontonal; 29 consonant and 10 vowel phonemes.

Language Use

Home, religion. Mixed use: Friends, work, education. Older adults and elderly. Some use among children, adolescents, and young adults. Also use Assamese [asm], Bhojpuri [bho], Maithili [mai], Marathi [mar], Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Newspapers. New media. Radio programs. Videos. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1977.
Writing

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

The alternate names are used for the people. Hindu.