Language Data

  • Alternate names: ; Also, in India: Limbo, Limboo, Lumbu
  • Dialects: Charkhole, Chatthare, Chaubise, Chhathar, Chhatthare, Panthare, Phedappe, Tamorkhole, Taplejunge, Yanggrokke, Yanggruppe
  • Scriptures published:
    • New Testament (2009)
    • Portions (1996 — 2003)
    • FCBH  (ILLA and WBT)  See above
    • text online See above
    • The JESUS Film See above
  • Literacy: Motivation for development is high among all. Literacy programs in progress to teach Sirijonga script (Salminen 2007). Many adult speakers completed 5 years of school, and have good proficiency in Nepali [npi]. Nepali used often, especially among youth. Limbu is not being replaced in any domain, though children now speak more Nepali than Limbu (2002 UNESCO). Some women also use Yakkha [ybh] due to intermarriage
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: Nepal
  • Region: Eastern hills, east of Arun river; Kosi Zone, Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha, Terhathum, Dhankuta, and Morang districts; Mechi Zone, Taplejung, Panchthar, Ilam, and Jhapa districts
  • Also used in: Bhutan, India,
  • Religion: traditional religion, Christian
  • Livelihood: Peasant agriculturalists
  • Status: Language of recognized nationality in Nepal
  • Number of users: 381,300 (; 37,300 (2001))
  • Vitality: Developing

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)