Lohorung

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Lohorong, Lohrung, Lohrung Khanawa, Lorung, Northern Lorung
Population

3,720 (2011 census).

Location

Kosi Zone, central Sankhuwasabha district, between middle Arun valley and the Sabhakhola, Pangma, Angala, Higuwa, Khorande, Bardeu, Gairiaula, Malta, Sitalpati, and Dhupu.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.

Dialects

Biksit (Bikshi). 44% intelligibility of Yamphu [ybi]. A Kirat Rai group. Lexical similarity: 88%–99% between dialects, 64%–67% with Yamphu [ybi], 65%–68% with Southern Yamphu [lrr].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; verbal affixation marks person and number; tense; nontonal.

Language Use

Lohorung is an endangered language, picking up Nepali [npi] influences (2002 T. P. Neupane). Home, religion; mixed use: Friends, work. All ages. Positive attitudes. Nearly all speak at least some Nepali [npi]. Used as L2 by Eastern Mewahang [emg], Western Mewahang [raf].

Language Development
Radio programs. Dictionary.
Writing

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Hansson claims that the Biksit dialect is spoken in Dhupu VDC (Hansson 1991). Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.