Thudam

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A language of Nepal

Population

1,800 (2000).

Location

Kosi zone: Sankhuwasabha district, Chepuwa VDC, Thudam village.

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Language Status

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

Dialects

None known. Similar to Walungge [ola] in Nepal and to the varieties spoken in the villages of Kudo and Sar in Tibet (Von Fürer-Haimendorf 1975). • hudam [thw] and Walungge [ola] are close enough to be considered one language. Lexical similarity: Tokpe Gola (Dhokpya) [ola], Walungge [ola] and Thudam all have lexical similarities above 60% with a range from 75%–85%. Tibetan [bod] ranges from 53%–63% lexically similar to these varieties.

Typology

SOV; postpositions; content q-word in situ; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; ergativity; no passives or voice; tonal.

Language Use

Used by all. Some also use Lhomi [lhm], especially older people. Also use Nepali [npi].

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Culturally akin to the Walungs. Buddhist, Christian.

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