Chaudangsi

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Bangba Lo, Bangbani, Chanpa Lo, Chaudans Lo, Saukas, Shaukas, Tsaudangsi
Population

1,830 (2000 USCWM). No monolinguals.

Location

Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh district, Darchula and Munsyari tahsils, Chaudangs Patti, Kali river west bank facing the Nepal border along Mahakali valley. Villages include Panggu, Rongto, Rimzhim, Waiku, Monggong, Chilla, Song, Sosa, Sirdang, Sirkha, Rung, Zipti, Gala, Tangkul, and Syang Khola.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Related to Rangkas [rgk], Darmiya [drd], and Byangsi [bee] (Sharma 1989), unintelligible with Darmiya and Byangsi (Sharma 1994).

Language Use

Home, community. Negative attitudes. Highly bilingual in Kumaoni [kfy] and Hindi [hin]. Some also use Tibetan [bod] or Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Hindi used for written communication.
Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Ranglo or Rang often used as a cover term for Byangs, Chaudangs, Darmiya, and Rongpo. Hindu, traditional religion.