23,200 in Nepal (2011 census), decreasing. Population total all countries: 24,000. 100 monolinguals (2002 UNESCO). Ethnic population: 35,000 (Turin 2007). L2 users: Some occupational castes and other ethnic groups in Thangmi-dominant areas speak Thangmi also.
Janakpur Zone, Dolakha district, villages north and west; Ramechhap district, villages on Sailung Khola; Bagmati zone, Sindhupalchok district, villages east; Kathmandu.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Thami.
SOV; both prepositions and postpositions; noun head both initial and final; gender, only some animate nouns; content q-word in situ; up to 3 prefixes, up to 4 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person; no ergativity; tense; passives and voice; nontonal; 33 consonant and 13 vowel phonemes.
Ethnic Thangmi outside Dolakha and Sindhupalchok no longer speak Thangmi. Religion; mixed use: Home, friends. Older adults and elderly. Some use among children, adolescents, and young adults. Negative attitudes, but changing to more neutral and positive.
Devanagari script [Deva].
Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu.