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Sunwar is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in eastern Nepal, in the districts of Okhalḍhūńgā and Rāmechāp. The varieties of Sunwar that are spoken in Okhalḍhūńgā and North and South Rāmechāp only differ slightly from another. They indicate where a Sunwar speaker comes from but do not hinder communication in any way. The Sunwar villages have not yet been reached by the Nepalese road system, which supplies goods as well as the capital?s dominant culture and language to the country?s minorities. For the grammar, most data have been collected from speakers of Sunwar from villages in the district of Rāmechāp, situated close to the river Likhu. The Kiranti languages are divided into smaller groups of languages that show more resemblance with each other than with other members of the Kiranti languages group. The first publications providing information about the Sunwar language were published in the 19th century.

Keywords: Kiranti languages; South Rāmechāp; Sunwar language



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