Chhantyal
Native toNepal
RegionGulmi, Baglung and Myagdi Districts
Ethnicity9,800 (2001 census)[1]
Native speakers
4,300 (2011 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3chx
Glottologchan1310
ELPChantyal

Chhantyal is spoken by approximately 2,000 of the 10,000 ethnic Chhantyal in Nepal. Chhantyal is spoken in the Kali Gandaki River valley of Myagdi District; there are also ethnic Chantel in Baglung District (Ethnologue).

The Chhantyal language is a member of the Tamangic group (along with Gurung, Thakali, Manangba, Nar-Phu and Tamang) of the Sino-Tibetan family. Within its group, it is lexically and grammatically closest to Thakali.

References

  1. ^ a b Chhantyal at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)