Chantyal language

Native to Nepal
Region Gulmi, Baglung and Myagdi Districts
Ethnicity 9,800 (2001 census)[1]
Native speakers
4,300 (2011 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 chx
Glottolog chan1310[2]

Chhantyal is spoken by approximately 2,000 of the 10,000 ethnic Chhantyal in Nepal. Chhantyal is spoken in the Kali Gandaki River valley of Myagdi District; there are also ethnic Chantel in Baglung District (Ethnologue).

The Chhantyal language is a member of the Tamangic group (along with Gurung, Thakali, Manangba, Nar-Phu and Tamang) of the Sino-Tibetan family. Within its group, it is lexically and grammatically closest to Thakali.


  1. 1 2 Chhantyal at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chhantyal". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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