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Gurung language

Tamu Kyi
Native to Nepal
Ethnicity Gurung people
Native speakers
350,000 (2007)[1]
Tibetan script, Devanagari script
Official status
Official language in


Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
ggn – Eastern Gurung
gvr – Western Gurung
Glottolog guru1261[2]
Selected ethnic groups of Nepal; Bhotia, Sherpa, Thakali, Gurung, Kiranti, Rai, Limbu, Nepal Bhasa, Pahari, Tamang

Gurung (also, Tamu Kyi, Devanagari:तमु क्यी) is spoken by the Gurung people in two dialects with limited mutual intelligibility. Total number of all Gurung speakers in Nepal is 227,918 (1991 census). However, a distinction should be made between Gurung as an ethnic group and the number of people who actually speak the language.

Nepali, Nepal's official language, is an Indo-European language, whereas Gurung is a Sino-Tibetan language. Gurung are recognized as an official nationality by the Government of Nepal.


Some miscellaneous grammatical features of the Gurung languages are;

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