Dhut magar (Nepali: मगर भाषा Dhut magar bhasa) is a language spoken mainly in Nepal, Southern Bhutan, Darjeeling, India, and Sikkim, India, by the Magar people. It is divided into two groups (Eastern and Western) and further dialect divisions give distinct tribal identity. In Nepal 788,530 people speak the language.
|Dhut, मगर भाषा|
|Ethnicity||1.9 million Magar people and others who claim to be Magar (2011 census)|
Official language in
While the government of Nepal developed Magar language curricula, as provisioned by constitution, the teaching materials have never successfully reached Magar schools, where most school instruction is in Nepali language. It's not unusual for groups with their own language to feel that the "mother-tongue" is an essential part of identity. Dhut Magar language is sometimes lumped with Kham magar language spoken further west in Bheri, Dhaulagiri, Karnali and Rapti zones. Although the two languages share many common words, they have major structural differences and are not mutually intelligible.
- Lumbini Zone: Palpa District
- Gandaki Zone: Syangja District, and Tanahu District
- Small border area in Dhawalagiri Zone: Parbat District
- Scattered throughout Bheri Zone: especially in Surkhet District, Jajarkot District, and Dailekh District
- Magars are also live in the district named parbat which is located in the western part of Nepal.
- Zone 1: central mountains of Nepal east of the Bagmati River
- Zone 2: eastern Nepal
*-only occur in the Tanahu dialect.
[ʔ] is only a marginal phoneme.
|/t/||[tʲ t̚ ʈ]|
|/d/||[dʲ ɖ ɽ]|
|/i/||[i ɪ i̤ i̤ː ĩ]|
|/e/||[e ɛ ẽ e̤ e̤ː]|
|/a/||[a æ ã aˑ a̤ a̤ː]|
|/u/||[u ʊ u̟ ṳ ṳː ũ]|
|/ʌ/||[ʌ ə ə̃ ʌ̤ ʌ̃]|
|/o/||[o o̟ õ oˑ o̤ o̤ː]|
- Eastern Magar at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Western Magar at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
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- Nishi 西, Yoshio 義郎 (1992e). "マガル語" [Magar, (LSI) Māgarī, Magar, Mangar]. In 亀井 Kamei, 孝 Takashi; 河野 Kōno, 六郎 Rokurō; 千野 Chino, 栄一 Eichi (eds.). 三省堂言語学大辞典 The Sanseido Encyclopaedia of Linguistics (in Japanese). 4. Tokyo: 三省堂 Sanseido Press. pp. 28a–40b. ISBN 4385152128.
- Shepherd, Gary, and Barbara Shepherd. A Vocabulary of the Magar Language. Comparative vocabularies of languages of Nepal. Kirtipur: Summer Institute of Linguistics [and] Institute of Nepal Studies, Tribhuvan University, 1972.
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|Magar language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|
- detailed language map, western Nepal. Eastern Magar is language #33; Western Magar is #113.
- ELAR archive of Magar language documentation materials
- The Magar language - Linguistics research - Folktales in Magar (Western) - Nepal
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