The Tharu (Tharu: थारु, Hindi: थरुवा) or Tharuhat (Nepali: थरुहट) languages are any of the Indo-Aryan languages spoken by the Tharu people of the Terai region in Nepal, and neighboring regions of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India.
|थारु, थरुवा, थरुहट|
|Native to||Nepal, India|
|Ethnicity||Tharu (incl. Bhoksa)|
|1.53 million in Nepal (2011 census)|
400,000 or more in India (1997–2007)
Tharu language is a language spoken in the Tharu community. This language is similar to other languages. Tharu language is one of the major language spoken in Nepal.
Although their own precise classification within Indo-Aryan remains uncertain, Tharu languages have superficial similarities with neighbouring languages such as Kumaoni, Awadhi, Maithili, Bengali and Bhojpuri. The lexicon of certain Tharu households is indicative of an archaic, 'indigenous' substratum, potentially predating both Sino-Tibetan or Indo-Aryan settlement. Tharu languages appear to be transitional within the context of Indo-Aryan.
Chitwania Tharu is spoken by approximately 250,000 speakers east of the Gandaki River, in and around the Chitwan Valley. Chitwania, as a whole, has superficial similarities with Awadhi. Nevertheless, certain Chitwania variants appear to have considerable lexical similarities with Manchad, a Sino-Tibetan language.
Dangaura, Rana, and Buksa refer to a triumvirate of mutually-intelligible Tharu variants spoken west of the Gandaki River, spoken by approximately 1.3 million people. Furthermore, an additional variant of Tharu, known as Sonha, is largely mutually intelligible with Dangauru.
- Dangaura Tharu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
Kathoriya Tharu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
Rana Tharu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
Chitwania Tharu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
Kochila Tharu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
Buksa Tharu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
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- Office of the Registrar General, India (2001). "Uttaranchal. Data Highlights: The Scheduled Tribes. Census of India 2001" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- Office of the Registrar General, India (2001). "Uttar Pradesh. Data Highlights: The Scheduled Tribes. Census of India 2001" (PDF).
- The Indo-Aryans of Ancient South Asia: Language, Material Culture and Ethnicity
- George van Driem, 2007, "Endangered languages of South Asia", in Matthias Brenzinger, Mouton de Gruyter