West Himalayish languages

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West Himalayish
Kanauric, Almora
Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand (India), Nepal
Linguistic classification: Sino-Tibetan
Glottolog: tibe1275[1]

The West Himalayish languages, also known as Almora and Kanauric, are a family of Sino-Tibetan languages centered in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and across the border into Nepal. LaPolla (2003) proposes that the West Himalayish languages may be part of a larger "Rung" group.

The languages include:

Zhangzhung, the sacred language of the Bon religion, was spoken north of the Himalayas across western Tibet before being replaced by Tibetan.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Tibeto-Kinauri". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 


  • George van Driem (2001) Languages of the Himalayas: An Ethnolinguistic Handbook of the Greater Himalayan Region. Brill.