A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Lohorong, Lohrung, Lohrung Khanawa, Lorung, Northern Lorung, Yakkhaba Khap

3,980, all users. L1 users: 3,720 (2011 census). L2 users: 260 (2011 census).


Kosi zone: central Sankhuwasabha district, between middle Arun valley and the Sabha Khola river, Angala, Bardeu, Dhupu, Gairiaula, Higuwa, Khorande, Malta, Pangma, and Sitalpati.

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Language Status

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


Biksit (Bikshi). 44% intelligibility of Yamphu [ybi]. A Kirat Rai group. Lexical similarity: 88%–99% between dialects, 64%–67% with Yamphu [ybi], 65%–68% with Southern Yamphu [lrr].


SOV; postpositions; verbal affixation marks person and number; tense; nontonal.

Language Use

Lohorung is an endangered language, picking up Nepali [npi] influences (2002 T. P. Neupane). Home, religion; mixed use: Friends, work. Some young people, all adults. Positive attitudes. Most also use Nepali [npi], at least to some degree. Used as L2 by Eastern Mewahang [emg], Western Mewahang [raf].

Language Development

Radio. Dictionary.


Devanagari script [Deva], used since 2011.

Other Comments

Hansson claims that the Biksit dialect is spoken in Dhupu VDC (Hansson 1991). Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.

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