A language of India

Alternate Names
Darimiya, Darma, Darma Lwo, Darma-Lwo, Darmani, Saukas, Shaukas

1,750 (2006 C. Willis). Ethnic population: 4,000.


Uttarakhand state: Pithoragarh district, Darchula and Munsyari sub-district, Baling, Baun, Bongling, Dar, Datu, Dhakar, Dugtu, Gwo, Marchha, Nanglin, Philam, Saung, Selachal, Sipoo, and Sobla villages; in Dhauli valley, from Tawaghat near Dharchula south to Sipoo north along Dhauli river.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


None known. Related to Rangkas [rgk], Chaudangsi [cdn] and Byangsi [bee].

Language Use

Learn Kumaoni [kfy] and Hindi [hin] simultaneously with their mother tongue. Code switching and code mixing very common. Uncertain whether stable bilingualism will continue or whether Kumaoni or Hindi will replace Darmiya. Home, community. Some young people, all adults. Also use Central Tibetan [bod], Kumaoni [kfy], Nepali [npi]. Also use Hindi [hin], with high rates of bilingualism and as the medium of education at all levels.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

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

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