Lohorung

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Lohorong, Lohorung, Lohrung, Lohrung Khanawa, Lorung, Northern Lorung
Population

4,970 (2002 Sankhuwasabha District Development Committee).

Location

Koshi Zone, central Sankhuwasabha district, between middle Arun valley and the Sabhakhola, Pangma, Angala, Higuwa, Khorande, Bardeu, Gairiaula, Malta, Sitalpati, and Dhupu.

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Language Status

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

Dialects

Biksit (Bikshi). 44% intelligibility of Yamphu [ybi]. A Kirat Rai group. Related to Yamphu [ybi], Southern Yamphu [lrr], Eastern Mewahang [emg], Western Mewahang [raf], and Yakkha [ybh]. Lexical similarity: 88%–99% between dialects, 64%–67% with Yamphu [ybi], 65%–68% with Southern Yamphu [lrr].

Typology

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. All ages. Positive attitudes. Nearly all speak at least some Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Radio programs. Dictionary.
Writing
Devanagari script.
Other Comments

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