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Sunwar language

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Sunuwar, or Kõinch (कोँइच; kõica; other spellings are Koinch and Koincha), is a Kiranti language spoken in Nepal by the Sunuwar people. It was first comprehensively attested by the Himalayan Languages Project. It is also known as Kõits Lo (कोँइच लो ; kõica lo), Kiranti-Kõits (किराँती-कोँइच ; kirā̃tī-kõica), Mukhiya (मुखिया ; mukhiyā).[3][4]

Sunuwar
Sunuwar koich.jpg
Region Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan
Native speakers
38,000 (2011)[1]
Dialects
  • Sunuwar proper
Language codes
ISO 639-3 suz
Glottolog sunw1242[2]
Sunuwar greeting

Contents

Geographical distributionEdit

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

VocabularyEdit

Seu+wa+la (Sewala)

Sunuwar English
Namsewal Hello / Good Bye
Sew (Respect) / (Greeting) / I bow to you
Maahr What
Dohpachaa How to
Dohshow How much
Dohmoh How big
Go I
Gopuki We are
Ge You (informal)
Gepukhi You are (informal)
Goi You (formal)
GoiPuki You are (formal)
Daarshow Beautiful
Rimso Good
MaDarshow Ugly

AreaEdit

Sunuwar is spoken in villages in the districts of Ramechap and Okhaldhunga, about 120 kilometers east of Kathmandu.[4]

Writing systemsEdit

Though Sunuwar is most commonly written with the Devanagari script, a native writing system, Jenticha, has seen limited use since the 1940s.

Numerals and alphabet (Devanagari)Edit

NumeralsEdit

1 ichi/kaa 2 ni/nishi 3 sa/saam 4 le 5 nga
6 ruku/roku 7 chani 8 sasi 9 van 10 gau

VowelsEdit

a ā i ī u ū
e ai o au ang aha

ConsonantsEdit

ka kha ga gha ṅa ca cha ja jha
ña ṭa ṭha ḍa ḍha ṇa ta tha da
dha na pa pha ba bha ma ya ra
la va śa ṣa sa ha व्ह hha

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sunuwar at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sunuwar". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Ager, Simon. "Jenticha alphabet, and the Sunuwar language". Omniglot. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Borchers, Dörte (2008). A grammar of Sunuwar: descriptive grammar, paradigms, texts and glossary ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). Leiden: Brill. pp. 1–2. ISBN 9789004167094. 

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