Bantawa language (bap)

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Also Known As: Bantawa Language,Bantawa Yong,Bontawa,Bantawa Rai,Bantaba,Bantawa Dum,Kiranti,Bantawa Yüng


The Bantawa language is an endangered language group. It is a Tibeto-Burman language, Eastern Kiranti languages family, spoken in the eastern Himalayan hills of eastern Nepal by Rai ethnic groups.Bantawa speaking Population estimates vary between 20,000-60,000, though 35,000 speakers may be a more accurate count. It is experiencing Nepali language shift. Bantawa is also reportedly in use as a lingua franca among Rai minorities in Himalayan India and Bhutan.

While the language is just being introduced in a few schools at the primary level (Year 1- Year 5) using Devanagari script...... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Bantawa language Speakers

Rosetta Document Collection



Main Country: Nepal
Spoken In:

Regions: Asia

ISO 639-3 Code: bap

Classification Taxonomy

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  Sino-Tibetan Group

    Tibeto-Burman Group

      Himalayish Group

        Mahakiranti Group

          Sino-Tibetan Tibeto-Burman Himalayish Kiranti Mahakiranti Group

            Himalayish Mahakiranti Kiranti Eastern Kiranti Group

              Bantawa language