2,000 (Opgenort 2005).
Janakpur Zone, Sindhuli district, Bahadur Khola west bank villages, Sunkosi river south to Mohangar village; Sagarmatha Zone, Okhaldhunga district, Maulang Khola river area, north of Sunkosi river.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality (2002, NFDIN Act, No. 20, Section 2C), Rai nationality.
Balkhu-Sisneri, Madhavpur, Ratnawati (Sindhuli). Most similar to Wambule [wme]. Alternate dialect analysis: Northern dialect spoken in Okhaldhunga District, Southern dialect in Sindhuli District. (2004 J. Opgenort).
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; 2 genders (non-productive); content q-word can appear anywhere in the phrase, often in initial position; 1 prefix, up to 4 suffixes (word-internal) and 4 phrasal affixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person and number; ergativity; aspect; no passives or voice; nontonal; 31 consonant and 11 vowel phonemes
Home, friends, religion; mixed use: Work, education. Young adults and older. Also use Nepali [npi].
’Chaurasia’ is the name for the linguistic unit combining Jerung and Wambule [wme]. Traditional religion, Hindu.