A language of Nepal


9,210 (2011 census), decreasing.

Alternate Names
Yamphe, Yamphu Kha, Yamphu Rai

Kosi Zone, Sankhuwasabha district, Hedangna, Num, Seduwa, Peppuwa, Mangsimma, Karmarang, Tungkhaling, Uwa, Ala, Uling, and Walung villages. Eastern hills, upper Arun valley, Matsayapokhari VDC, extreme north Lorung area, directly southwest of Jaljale Mountains; Kosi Zone, Bhojpur district.

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Language Status

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


The Yamphu Rai are most closely related to Lohorung [lbr] and Mewahang. 61% intelligibility of Lohorung [lbr]. Lexical similarity: 84%–90% between dialects, 74%–84% with Southern Yamphu [lrr], 64%–67% with Lohorung [lbr].

Language Use

Language passed on to children but being steadily replaced by Nepali (Toba et al 2005). Religion. Also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar.

Devanagari script [Deva], used since 2011.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Hindu.

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