Chez speaking Tamang and Eastern

Published March 1, 2018

This video was recorded by Daniel Bogre Udell and Nawang Tsering in New York City, USA. Tamang is spoken by more than a million people, primarily in the South Asian nation of Nepal, where it is a recognized national language, as well as the Indian state of Sikkim. Though it is commonly understood by its speakers to be a single language, linguistic researchers are split on whether Tamang’s four principal varieties are distinct dialects of a single language, or a family of closely related languages. Tamang can therefore understood to be a “dialect cluster” or “macrolanguage”, linguistic terms applied when genealogy remains unclear. Whatever their genealogy, the Tamang languages pertain to the Sino-Tibetan linguistic family, sharing roots with other languages spoken across south and central Asia, such as Tibetan, Thakali, and Gurung.

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Tamang, Eastern [taj]

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