Naaba

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Naapa, Naapaa, Naba, Nawa Sherpa
Population

770 (2006).

Location

Kosi Zone, Sankhuwasabha district, Kimathanka VDC, Kimathanka village; Hatiya VDC, Dangok and Pharang villages; Piibu, Chumusur, and Ridak villages; Tsanga village, across the border in China.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Typology

SOV; postpositions; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; ergativity; no passives or voice; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Inhabitants of Pharang and Dangok also use Lhomi [lhm].

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

The Lhomi [lhm] consider the Naaba people a distinct group. The Naaba have learned Lhomi as a language of wider communication, but are more culturally and linguistically similar to Sherpa [xsr] and Thudam [thw] than to Lhomi. Buddhist.