Tharu, Kathariya


A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Kathariya, Kathoriya Tharu

106,000 in Nepal (2006).


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).


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].


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).
Devanagari script.
Other Comments

Hindu, Christian.

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