A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Arthare, Athaphre, Athapre, Athpahariya, Athpare, Athpre, Sanango Ring
आठपहरिया‎ (Āṭhapahariyā)

5,530 (2011 census), decreasing.


Kosi zone: Dhankuta district, north of the Tamur, Dhankuta municipality and Bhirgau VDC between the Dhankuta khola west, and the Tangkhuwa east.

Language Status

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


None known. Athpare and Belhariya [byw] are very similar, but not mutually intelligible (Bickel 1996).


SOV; postpositions; genitives, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; polar questions marked with a suffix attached to the verb sentence final; noun head final; no noun classes or genders; content q-word in situ; content questions can have the same word order as assertive sentences, or the question word occurs directly before the verb; up to 2 prefixes, up to 9 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; affixes indicate case of noun phrase; verbal affixation marks person, number, object—obligatory; split ergative; comparatives with Nepali, Bhanda; both tense and aspect; no passives or voice; CV, CVC, CVCC; 24 consonant and 5 vowel phonemes; nontonal.

Language Use

Shifting to Nepali [npi]. Home, religion; mixed use: Friends. Some young people, all adults. Positive attitudes. Also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 2%. Taught in 5 mother-tongue multilingual education schools since 2008. Taught in primary schools. Literature. Newspapers. Periodicals. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar.


Devanagari script [Deva], used since 2011.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Buddhist, Hindu.

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