83,200 in Nepal, all users. L1 users: 76,800 (2011 census), decreasing. L2 users: 6,400 (2011 census). Very few monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 83,200 (as L1: 76,800; as L2: 6,400).
Sagarmatha zone: mainly central Khotang and north Udayapur districts.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; no noun classes or genders; content q-word in situ; up to 2 prefixes, up to 7 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person and number; split and inverse ergativity; mixed tense-aspect; no passives or voice; nontonal; 28 consonant and 5 vowel phonemes.
Home, religion; mixed use: friends, work. All ages. Used as L2 by Puma [pum].
Devanagari script [Deva], recently developed.
Many ethnic subgroups, but linguistically homogeneous. Traditional religion, Hindu.