[[Image:Nepal ethnic groups.png|250px|right|thumb|Selected ethnic
groups of Nepal;
Tamang (Devnagari:तामाङ) is a term used to collectively
refer to a dialect cluster spoken in
parts of Nepal and Sikkim.
comprises Eastern Tamang
, Southwestern Tamang
Eastern Gorkha Tamang
, and Western
. Lexical similarity between Eastern Tamang (which
is regarded as the most prominent) and other Tamang languages
varies between 81% to 63%; lexical
, for instance, is
estimated at 89% .
The Tamang language has further been subdivided into the following
- Eastern Tamang: 759,257 in Nepal (2000 WCD).
Population total all countries: 773,257;
- Western Tamang: 322,598 (2000 WCD);
- Southwestern Tamang: 109,051 (1991
- Northwestern Tamang: 55,000 (1991
- Eastern Gorkha Tamang: 3,977 (2000 WCD).
Tamang language is the largest Tibeto-Burman
language in Nepal.
Some grammatical features of Tamang languages are
Phonetically Tamang languages are tonal
Tamang languages use Tam-Yig which is similar to Tibetan scripts
. In many situations,
however, Tamang is written in Devanāgarī