A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Jero, Jero Mala, Jerum, Jerunge, Jherung, Zero, Zero Mala, Zerum

1,760 (2011 census).


Janakpur Zone, Sindhuli district, Bahadur Khola west bank villages, Sunkosi river south to Mohangar village; Sagarmatha Zone, Okhaldhunga district, Maulang Khola river area, north of Sunkosi river.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.


Balkhu-Sisneri, Madhavpur, Ratnawati (Sindhuli). Reportedly most similar to Wambule [wme]. Alternate dialect analysis: Northern dialect spoken in Okhaldhunga District, Southern dialect in Sindhuli District. (2004 J. Opgenort).


SOV; postpositions; noun head final; 2 genders (non-productive); content q-word can appear anywhere in the phrase, often in initial position; 1 prefix, up to 4 suffixes (word-internal) and 4 phrasal affixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person and number; ergativity; aspect; no passives or voice; nontonal; 31 consonant and 11 vowel phonemes.

Language Use

Home, friends, religion; mixed use: Work, education. Young adults and older. Also use Nepali [npi]. Used as L2 by Wambule [wme].

Language Development
Magazines. Dictionary. Grammar.

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

’Chaurasia’ is the name for the linguistic unit combining Jerung and Wambule [wme]. Traditional religion, Hindu.