A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Manang, Manang Ke, “Manangbhot” (pej.), Manange, Manangi, Nyeshang, Nyeshangte, Nyishang

390 (2011 census), decreasing.


Gandaki Zone, Manang district, Upper Manang, Pisang, Dhukur Pokhari, Humde, Ghyaru, Ngawal, Braka, Manang, Tengki, and Khangsar villages; Kathmandu.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Manang, Pisang. Very high intelligibility of Manang dialect by Pisang residents. Very different from Eastern Gurung [ggn]. Lexical similarity: 94% or greater with all varieties of Manangba.


SOV; postpositions; noun head both initial and final; no noun classes or genders; content q-word initial; 1 prefix, up to 2 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person (not strictly person, but aligns with evidentiality); ergativity; aspect; no passives or voice; tonal; 30 consonant and 6 (plus nasalized) vowel phonemes.

Language Use

Fairly strong vitality. Some community involvement in language and culture preservation activities both in home area and in Kathmandu. Mixed use: Home, friends, work. Older adults and elderly. Some use among children, adolescents, and young adults. Positive attitudes. Tibetan [bod] for some religious domains. English [eng] used in local government schools. Nepali [npi] used for business, and in local government schools.

Language Development
Poetry. New media. TV. Dictionary. Grammar.

Devanagari script [Deva]. Tibetan script [Tibt].

Other Comments

Language has Tibetan influence. Most speakers have the surname Gurung or Ghale, but they do not claim to be a part of these distinct ethnolinguistic groups. Buddhist.