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Sunwar language

Region Nepal, India, Bhutan
Native speakers
38,200  (2011)[1]
Sunuwar proper
Language codes
ISO 639-3 suz
Glottolog sunw1242[2]
Sunuwar greeting

Sunwar, Sunuwar, or Kõits (कोँइच; kõica; other spellings are Koinch and Koincha) is a Kiranti language spoken in Nepal by the Sunwar people. It was first comprehensively attested by the Himalayan Languages Project. It is also known as Kõits Lo (कोँइच लो ; kõica lo), Kiranti-Kõits (किराँती-कोँइच ; kirā̃tī-kõica), Mukhiya (मुखिया ; mukhiyā).[3][4]


Seu+wa+la (Sewala)
Sunuwar English
Seu (Respect) / (Greeting) / I bow to you
Maar What
Dohpachaa How to
Dohshow How much
Dohmoh How big
Go I
Gopuki We are
Ge You
Gepukhi You are
Goi You
GoiPuki You are
Daarshow Beautiful
MaDarshow Ugly

Writing systems

Though Sunuwar is most commonly written with the Devanagari script, a native writing system, Jenticha, has seen limited use since the 1940s.

Numerals and alphabet (Devanagari)


1 ichi/kaa 2 ni/nishi 3 sa/saam 4 le 5 nga
6 ruku/roku 7 chani 8 sasi 9 van 10 gau


a ā i ī u ū
e ai o au ang aha


ka kha ga gha ṅa ca cha ja jha
ña ṭa ṭha ḍa ḍha ṇa ta tha da
dha na pa pha ba bha ma ya ra
la va śa ṣa sa ha व्ह hha


  1. ^ Sunwar at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Sunuwar". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Ager, Simon. "Jenticha alphabet, and the Sunuwar language". Omniglot. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Borchers, Dörte (2008). A grammar of Sunwar : descriptive grammar, paradigms, texts and glossary ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). Leiden: Brill. pp. 1–2.  

External links

  • Sunuwar language website

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