Language of the Day for 29 October 2013


Tamang, Western [tdg]

A language of
356,500, all users. L1 users: 323,000 (2000), increasing. Population for all Tamang varieties: 1,350,000 (2011 census). L2 users: 33,500 (2011 census). Mostly monolingual below school age or over 60 years of age.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Tamang.
Language Use
Home, friends, religion; mixed use: Work, education. All ages. Also use Nepali [npi], especially younger people, as it is the medium of instruction in schools.
Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25%–75%. Taught in primary schools, primary mother-tongue multilingual education program since 2007. Literature. Newspapers. Periodicals. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Texts. Bible portions: 1977–1986. Agency: Nepal Tamang Ghedung.
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