Kiranti languages

The Kiranti languages are a major family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in Nepal, Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills by the Kirati people.

The Kiranti languages are frequently posited to form part of a Mahakiranti family, although specialists are not completely certain of either the existence of a Kiranti subgroup or its precise membership. LaPolla (2003), though, proposes that Kiranti may be part of a larger "Rung" group.

There are about two dozen Kiranti languages. The better known are Limbu, Rai, Sunuwar, Bahing, Vayu, Dungmali, Lohorung and Kulung. Overall, they are:

Ethnologue adds Tilung to Western Kiranti, based on Opgenort (2011).

Kiranti verbs are not easily segmentable, due in large part to the presence of portmanteau morphemes, crowded affix strings, and extensive (and often nonintuitive) allomorphy.


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