Tharu, Kathariya

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Kathariya, Kathoriya Tharu
Population

106,000 in Nepal (2006).

Location

Seti Zone, Kailali district, Hasuliya, Udasipur, Pahalmanpur, Lalbojhi, Thapapur, Joshipur, Munuwa, Durgauli, Patharaiya, and Chauha VDCs. Also in India.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality (2002, NFDIN Act, No. 20, Section 2C).

Dialects

Speech differences between Nepal and India dialects. Lexical similarity: 70%–76% with Dangaura [thl] and Rana [thr], 66% with Hindi [hin], 66%–69% with Buksa [tkb], 63% with Chitwania [the].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; noun head final (unmarked)

Language Use

Some shifting to Hindi [hin]. Also use Nepali [npi] or Hindi [hin].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: All Tharu as an ethnic group 28% (1991 census).
Writing
Devanagari script.
Other Comments

Hindu, Christian.

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