Saam

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A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Lingkhim, Saam Rai, Saama Kha, Samakha
Population

L1 users: 530 (2011 census). 130 Lingkhim, 400 Saam (2011 census).

Location

Kosi zone: north Bhojpur district, Dobhane and Khatamma (Khartangma) VDCs, Dangmaya, Dobhane, Khartangma, and Okharbote settlements straddling Irkhuwa river; Mechi zone: Ilam district, Phikkal VDC.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.

Dialects

Bungla, Sambya, Lingkhim (Lingkhim Kulung, Lingkhim Rai, Linkhim).

Language Use

Shifting to Nepali [npi]. Some use among older adults.

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Almost no study or documentation has been done on the languages spoken in northern Bhojpur district. Another group called Saam may be Kulung [kle]. Hindu, traditional religion.

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