Native toNepal
RegionJhapa District, Morang District
Native speakers
170,000 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
rjs – Rajbanshi
kyv – Kayort
Glottolograjb1243  Rajbanshi
kayo1247  Kayort

Rajbanshi (also called Tajpuria[2]) is a Bengali-Assamese language spoken in Nepal. It is related to, but distinct from Rangpuri/Kamta in Bangladesh and India, which is also known by the alternative name "Rajbanshi", with which it forms the KRNB cluster.[3]


This section is based on Wilde 2008.


Labial Dental/
Retroflex Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop voiceless p ʈ k
aspirated t̪ʰ ʈʰ
voiced b ɖ ɡ
breathy d̪ʱ ɖʱ ɡʱ
Affricate voiceless ts
aspirated tsʰ
voiced dz
breathy dzʱ
Fricative s (ʃ) h
Nasal plain m ŋ
breathy n̪ʱ ŋʱ
Trill plain r
Approximant lateral l
lateral br.
central (w) (j)


Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e ʌ o
Low æ (ɐ)

In addition to these vowels, Rangpuri has the following diphthongs: /ie, iæ, iu, iʌ, ui, uæ, uʌ, ei, eu, æi, æu, ʌi, ʌu/.


  1. ^ Rajbanshi at Ethnologue (22nd ed., 2019) closed access
    Kayort at Ethnologue (22nd ed., 2019) closed access
  2. ^ Toulmin 2009, p. 16.
  3. ^ Toulmin 2009, p. 3.
  4. ^ Wilde 2008, p. [page needed].


  • Toulmin, Mathew W. S. (2009). From linguistic to sociolinguistic reconstruction: the Kamta historical subgroup of Indo-Aryan (PDF). Pacific Linguistics 604. Canberra: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University. doi:10.15144/PL-604 (inactive 1 August 2023). hdl:1885/146752. ISBN 978-0-85883-604-4.((cite book)): CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of August 2023 (link)
  • Wilde, Christopher P. (2008). A Sketch of the Phonology and Grammar of Rājbanshi (Ph.D. thesis). University of Helsinki. hdl:10138/19290.