Khasa Prakrit
Indian subcontinent
Linguistic classificationIndo-European

Khasa Prakrit (also known as Khas Prakrit, Sanskrit Khasa, Himalayan Prakrit, Northern Prakrit, Khas Kura) is a Prakrit language of medieval India, predominantly spoken in the Nepal.[1] It is considered to be an ancestor of Pahari languages, which includes Nepali, Kumaoni, and Garhwali languages.[2][3] Khasa Prakrit's dialects includes Doteli and Jumli language.

Indian linguist Suniti Kumar Chatterji suggests that Nepali language developed from Khasa Prakrit, however, some linguist disagree with Chatterji.[1] Khas Prakrit is named after the speakers of language, Khas people, who live in the Himalayas.[4]

Language comparison

Language Comparison
  Nepali Kumauni Kashmiri
  Masc Fem Masc Fem Masc Fem
I am chu chu chic chu thus ches
You are chas ches chai chi chukh chekh
He is cha che ch chi chuh cheh

See also


  1. ^ a b Subba, Tanka Bahadur (2009). Indian Nepalis: Issues and Perspectives. Concept Publishing Company. pp. 325–337. ISBN 978-81-8069-446-2.
  2. ^ Pradhan, Kumar (1991). The Gorkha Conquests: The Process and Consequences of the Unification of Nepal, with Particular Reference to Eastern Nepal. Oxford University Press. pp. 30–40. ISBN 978-0-19-562723-7.
  3. ^ Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1993). व्यावहारिक नेपाली-अङ्ग्रेजी शब्दकोश. Ratna Sagar. pp. ix. ISBN 978-81-7070-172-9.
  4. ^ Ray, Dinesh Chandra; Chowdhury, Srikanta Roy (2022-12-22). Darjeeling: In Search of People's History of the Hills. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-000-82880-1.