A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Naapa, Naapaa, Naba, Nawa Sherpa

770 (2006 IMB).


Kosi zone: Sankhuwasabha district, Hatiya VDC, Dangok and Pharang villages; Piibu, Chumusur, and Ridak villages; Kimathanka VDC, Kimathanka village; Tsanga village, across the border in China.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Sherpa.


SOV; postpositions; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; ergativity; no passives or voice; tonal.

Language Use

Used by all. Also use Lhomi [lhm], especially inhabitants of Pharang and Dangok.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

The Lhomi [lhm] consider the Naaba people a distinct group. The Naaba have learned Lhomi as a language of wider communication, but are more culturally and linguistically similar to Sherpa [xsr] and Thudam [thw] than to Lhomi. Buddhist.

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