A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Yamphe, Yamphu Kha, Yamphu Rai

9,210 (2011 census), decreasing.


Kosi Zone, Sankhuwasabha district, Hedangna, Num, Seduwa, Peppuwa, Mangsimma, Karmarang, Tungkhaling, Uwa, Ala, Uling, and Walung villages. Eastern hills, upper Arun valley, Matsayapokhari VDC, extreme north Lorung area, directly southwest of Jaljale Mountains; Kosi Zone, Bhojpur district.

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Language Status

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


The Yamphu Rai are most closely related to Lohorung [lbr] and Mewahang. 61% intelligibility of Lohorung [lbr]. Lexical similarity: 84%–90% between dialects, 74%–84% with Southern Yamphu [lrr], 64%–67% with Lohorung [lbr].

Language Use

Language passed on to children but being steadily replaced by Nepali (Toba, Toba, and Rai 2005). Religion. Almost all are bilingual in Nepali [npi] (2002 UNESCO).

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar.

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.