14,700 (2000), decreasing. No monolinguals.
Seti Zone, Kailali District, along Karnali River; Bheri Zone, Surkhet district along Bheri river; Bardia district, Daulatpur VDC, Murgawagaon; Mahakali Zone, along Mahakali river; Kanchanpur district, Bhimadatta VDC, Odaligaon, Mahendranagar tahsil.
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; content q-word in situ; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks number; split ergativity; passives and voice; nontonal
Home; mixed use: Friends, religion, work. Young adults and older. Some use among children and adolescents.
’Sonha’ is an occupational caste (gold panners). Hindu, Christian.