Magar, Western


A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Magar, Magari, Mangar, Mangari, Syangja Magar
मगर ढुट‎ (magar ḍhuṭ)

308,000 (2001 census), decreasing. 789,000 all Magar in Nepal (2011 census). Census statistics likely include non-ethnic Magars and many that do not speak Magar.


Bheri zone: Dailekh, Jajarkot, and Surkhet districts, scattered throughout; Dhawalagiri zone: Parbat district small border area; Gandaki zone: Syangja and Tanahu districts; Lumbini zone: Palpa district.

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Language Status

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


Palpa, Syangja. Some differences between dialects, yet reportedly high intellligibility.


SOV; postpositions, but mostly case clitics; noun head final; alienable and inalienable noun classes; content q-word in situ; up to 3 prefixes, up to 7 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person and number; ergativity; tense and aspect; passives; nontonal; 33 to 37 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes.

Language Use

Mixed use: Home, friends, work. Some young people, all adults. Elderly. Some use among children, adolescents, young and older adults. Mixed attitudes. Rhetoric is positive but language conservation is generally not implemented. Most also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development

Literature. Newspapers. Periodicals. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts.


Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu.

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