|Region||Doti (Sudurpashchim Pradesh) and Karnali Pradesh|
|790,000 in Nepal (2011 census)|
|Devanagari script (Nepali alphabet)|
Doteli, or Dotyali (डोटेली) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by about 800,000 people, most of whom live in Nepal. It is a dialect of Kumaoni but heavily influenced by Nepali, and is written in the Devanagari script. It has official status in Nepal as per Part 1, Section 6 of Constitution of Nepal 2072 (2015). There are four main dialects of Doteli, namely Baitadeli, Bajhangi Nepali, Darchuli and Doteli. The mutual intelligibility between these dialects is high and all dialects of Doteli are able to share language-based materials.
|District||Terms used for language name|
|Kailali||Baitadeli, Bajhangi, Nepali|
|Kanchanpur||Baitadeli Nepali, Nepali|
|Baitadi||Baitadi, Baitadeli, Dotyali|
|Bajhang||Bajhangi Bajhangi Nepali, Nepali|
Origin and History
According to Rahul Sankrityayan Doteli or Dotyali is the dialect of the Kumaoni language which was brought to Doti by a section of the Katyuri dynasty of Kumaon which had ruled over Doti until 1790.The Doti kingdom was formed after the Katyuri kingdom had broken up into eight different princely states of different sections of the Katyuris. However, in Nepal it is considered as a Nepali dialect; though local intellectuals and people of Doti, those who are speaking Doteli language, are increasingly demanding their language to be recognized as one of the national languages of Nepal.
- Doteli at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Dotyali". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Constitution Bill of Nepal 2072
- A Sociolinguistic Study of Dotyali. LinSuN Central Department of linguistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and SIL International, 2014
- "T.R. Vaidya - ADVANCED HISTORY OF NEPAL". web.archive.org. 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
|Doteli edition of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia|