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Extinct: no
Family: Sino-Tibetan
Branch: Tibeto - Burman
Continent: Asia
Country: Nepal
Region: Bagmati Zone, western Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dhading, and parts of Gorkha districts, and other districts to the west and possibly southwest, central mountainous strip. Migrations to the Terai.
Countries Where Spoken: 186,408 to 320,350, 1% to 1.73% of population (based on 1991 census).
Countries Where Official: Nepal
Native Speakers: 186,408
Speakers Total: 320,350
Phrasebase members who speak Murmi at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Murmi at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Murmi: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Murmi: 0
Three Letter Code: TDG
Alternative Names: TAMANG
Summary: Preliminary results showed 86% intelligibility of Western by Rasuwa, 81% to 88% by Central-Eastern, 78% to 88% by Outer-Eastern, 86% by Southwestern; 80% of Rasuwa by Trisuli, 13% by Outer-Eastern. Trisuli has 94% lexical similarity with Northwestern Tamang, 82% to 83% with Rasuwa Tamang, 80% with Southwestern Tamang, 77% to 79% with Eastern Gorkha Tamang. Rasuwa has 82% to 83% with Northwestern, 78% with Southwestern, 72% with Eastern Gorkha Tamang. All Western varieties have 69% to 81% with Eastern Tamang varieties. "Murmi" is an archaic term used only in old British writings. No one uses it now. Investigation needed: intelligibility, attitudes. SOV, postpositions, genitives after nouns, relatives before nouns, question word medial, CV, CVC, CCV, V, CCVC, CVCCC, tonal. Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 10%. Literacy rate in second language: 25% to 75%. Some literacy materials and classes have been conducted. Devanagari, Tibetan. Gallery forest. Mountain slope, valley. Swidden and peasant agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Buddhist, Hindu. NT 1990.

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