Jerung

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Jero, Jero Mala, Jerum, Jerunge, Jherung, Zero, Zero Mala, Zerum
Population

2,000 (Opgenort 2005).

Location

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.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality (2002, NFDIN Act, No. 20, Section 2C), Rai nationality.

Dialects

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).

Typology

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

Language Use

Home, friends, religion; mixed use: Work, education. Young adults and older. Also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Magazines. Dictionary. Grammar.
Other Comments

’Chaurasia’ is the name for the linguistic unit combining Jerung and Wambule [wme]. Traditional religion, Hindu.