Bahing

[aka Bhojpuri, Khaling, Rai]

Classification: Sino-Tibetan

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critically endangered

resource

Tharu

Alan Lomax Parlametrics - Tharu recordings sent from SIL Nepal.

Troyer, Lester; William Leal

Association for Cultural Equity

Jan. 1, 1970

Lomax, Alan

Nepal

Troyer, Lester; William Leal

Association for Cultural Equity

Association for Cultural Equity

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    Hemanta Chitrakar 3075 days ago

    0:58 to1:04, 2:49 to 2:52, and around 9:11 are in Nepali language, not Tharu language.

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    Deepmala Dubey 3072 days ago

    Tharu sounds so much like Bhojpuri. If it indeed is a variation/another dialect of Bhojpuri, the total number of people speaking it would be much higher. Check the Wikipedia article, according to which the total number of speakers are more than 38.5 million. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhojpuri_language

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    Sally Acharya 3071 days ago

    I've followed this project, and it's so fantastic to see it on Google! A couple comments here on this particular sample. First, I'm unclear why Tharu is being listed under "Bahing" as a Sino-Tibetan language with what appears to be 1-9 surviving speakers. (Maybe a glitch in the system? Tharu was just uploaded incorrectly to Bahing? Or did I misread it?) Also, I played this for a Tharu speaker (a non-native speaker, but a speaker from a young age) whose comment was that it seems to be more of a pidgen of Bhojpuri, Tharu and Nepali. (As was pointed out, the Nepali is clear throughout.) Languages do mix and interchange in practice, but this particular mix isn't the Tharu heard West of Chitwan, at least according to my source. I know it says this is "Chitwan Tharu," and maybe Chitwan Tharu is heavily influenced by all the Bhojpuri speakers in the area; however, Tharu is not equivalent to Bhojpuri. I gather you wouldn't get all the Bhojpuri included in a sample from the west/midwest, which is heavily Tharu. I hope someone uploads some Dang Tharu (or another less Bhojpuri variant) and you get comments from knowledgeable Tharu speakers! Great work having this up for comment, wiki-style.