Yamphu language

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Region Nepal
Native speakers
9,200 (2011 census)[1]
2,500 Southern Yamphu (2011)[1] presumably covered in census figure
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ybi
Glottolog yamp1244[2]

Yamphu is a Kiranti language spoken by the Yamphu, a Kiranti people of the Himalayas of Nepal. Tomyang (Chongka) is a recently discovered dialect spoken by only 20 people. Both it and Yamphe are distinct. Southern Yamphu is also considered to be Southern Lorung. These varieties are all closely related.

Geographical distribution[edit]

Yamphu is spoken in the following locations of Nepal (Ethnologue).


  1. ^ a b Yamphu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Yamphuic". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Rutgers, Roland (1998). Yamphu: Grammar, Texts & Lexicon. Leiden: Research School CNWS. – ISBN 90-5789-012-7