A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Chantel, Chantel Kham, Chentel, Chhantel, Chhantyal, Khamkura

4,280 (2011 census), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 11,800 (2011 census).


Dhawalagiri zone: Myagdi district in Kali Gandaki river valley. Ethnic Chantel in Baglung district.

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Language Status

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


None known. Related to Gurung [gvr], Manangba [nmm], Tamang [tdg], and Thakali [ths] (Noonan 1996).

Language Use

Home, villages (Noonan 1996). Not used for singing. Also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Texts.

Devanagari script [Deva], recently developed.

Other Comments

Some believe Chantyal will be replaced soon. Outsiders often regard it as Magar, but they claim a Thakuri origin (de Sales 1993). Much lexical borrowing from Nepali. Sometimes called Khamkura as are Kham languages, which can have a general meaning of local non-Nepali dialect. (Watters 2002). Traditional religion, Buddhist.

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