|Native to||Nepal, India, Bhutan|
|1.1 million (2001)|
|Tibetan script, Devnagari|
Official language in
Tamsaling Region of Nepal,Sikkim
taj – Eastern Tamang
tdg – Western Tamang
tmk – Northwestern Tamang (not distinct)
tge – Eastern Gorkha Tamang
Tamang (Devnagari: तामाङ; tāmāng) is a term used to collectively refer to a dialect cluster spoken mainly in Nepal, Sikkim, West Bengal (Mainly Darjeeling Districts - पश्चिम बङ्गाल राज्यको दार्जीलिङ जिल्लाको बिभिन्न भूभाग), Some parts of Assam and North East Region. It comprises Eastern Tamang, Northwestern Tamang, Southwestern Tamang, Eastern Gorkha Tamang, and Western Tamang. Lexical similarity between Eastern Tamang (which is regarded as the most prominent) and other Tamang languages varies between 81% to 63%. For comparison, lexical similarity between Spanish and Portuguese, is estimated at 89%.
The Tamang language has further been subdivided into the following dialects-
- Eastern Tamang: 759,000 in Nepal (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 773,000;
- Western Tamang: 323,000 (2000 WCD);
- Eastern Gorkha Tamang: 4,000 (2000 WCD).
Tamang language is the most widely spoken Sino-Tibetan language in Nepal.
Some grammatical features of the Tamang languages include:
- A canonical word order of SOV
- Use of postpositions;
- The genitives follow nouns;
- question word medial;
- It is an ergative–absolutive language;
- CV, CVC, CCV, V, CCVC;
Phonetically Tamang languages are tonal.
- Eastern Tamang at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
Western Tamang at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
Northwestern Tamang (not distinct) at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Nuclear Tamang". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Ethnologue report for Spanish
|Tamang language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|