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[Please click to enlarge. Source: Parshuram Tamang et al.
Nepal Statistics and Indigenous Peoples.
Kathmandu: Nepal Tamang Ghedung 2006]

Call to give Maithili an official language status (kp 26/12/2017), Official status sought for Maithili in Province 2 (ht 26/12/2017)

Translingual benefits: Scholarship based on classroom observations has consistently shown that teachers of content subjects, in general, cannot teach in English effectively, by Shyam Sharma (rep 24/10/2017)

English dreams: For every child who may enter a profession where English is needed, there are a hundred others who perform poorly in math and science because of their poor English, by Shyam Sharma (rep 11/10/2017)

Voice of the people: The UML promotes one type of nationalism in Nepal, but will all their cadres follow?, by Deepak Thapa (kp 10/08/2017)

Nepali language study expanding in Chinese universities, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 18/07/2017)

One year on, language panel incomplete, without Act (kp 15/07/2017)

Nepal Bhasa as official language in metropolis, by Anup Ojha (kp 22/06/2017)

Beyond English: Preference for English language in social sciences is indicative of its hegemonic status in Nepal, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 11/06/2017)

Language committee yet to get full shape (ht 21/05/2017)

Language Planning In Nepal, by Govinda Bahadur Tumbahang (rn 12/05/2017)

Desperation for translation: The world does not understand Nepal, and Nepalis do not understand the world. We need translations both ways, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 21/04/2017)

The place of Nepali, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 07/04/2017)

KMC to reinstate Ranjana script (kp 23/03/2017)

Linguistics seminar concludes, by Dev Narayan Sah (kp 05/03/2017)

Promotion of country’s languages stressed (ht 21/02/2017)

The ‘English’ debate: Three million children in Nepal are now studying in private schools that market their English medium instruction, by Chura Bahadur Thapa (rep 01/02/2017)

Language Commission moves to new address (kp 15/12/2016)

Language Commission begins work (ht 24/11/2016)

Myths about English: If language learning is a greater objective than learning math and science, we wouldn’t need schools and colleges. Language institutes would suffice, by Shyam Sharma (rep 16/11/2016)

Gurung opposes Hindi as official language (rep 17/10/2016)

Avenues of translations: Nepali translators have long pursued translation as a creative work, but now it is an important practical activity, by Abhi Subedi (kp 02/10/2016)

The language debate: Both Sanskritic conservatism and speech-based vernacular-nationalism fall short of the need of the hour, by Pramod Mishra (kp 29/09/2016), The language debate, by Cilla Khatry (rep 30/09/2016)

Of two minds: If Nepalis world over have done well, it is because English has become accessible to many students, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 27/09/2016)

Language Commission formed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/09/2016)

Tongue-tied: Normalising the spouting of Sanskrit shlokas would dampen the spirits of aspiring young students, by Deepak Thapa (08/09/2016)

Native language teaching fails to impress Tharu community (kp 24/08/2016) [Such offer for classes I-V means nothing! You also need textbooks and other materials. And especially, you have to extinguish the monolinguistic curricula that were forced by King Mahendras Panchayat politics and you have to give ethnic languages and cultures a perspective!]

Speaking in tongues: Although my native tongue is Nepal Bhasa, listening to the news in it feels like listening to a foreign language, by Supral Raj Joshi (kp 29/05/2016)

Accepting ‘Englishes’: Use of English is the only way of communicating with the people of South Asia, by Abhi Subedi (kp 06/03/2016)

Promotion of all mother languages underscored (ht 23/02/2016)

Language barrier causing hassles in quake data collection, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 15/02/2016)

Google launches ‘Love Your Language Nepal’ campaign (ht 24/09/2015)

Preserving their worded presence, by Sachi Mulmi (rep 18/09/2015)

Missing links: Those of us with an MA in English have vague but powerful aura of privilege but out in the world we are no more than language teachers, Shyam Sharma (rep 16/04/2015)

Language barrier forcing Kisan kids out of schools, by Raju Adhikari (rep 27/02/2015)

UNESCO: Promoting Mother Tongue For Peace And Progress, by Prem Khatry (rn 24/02/2015), Situation Of Mother Tongues In Nepal, by Govinda Bahadur Tumbahang (rn 24/02/2015)

English in Nepal: An independent organisation of English language teachers is setting out to achieve national goals, by Abhi Subedi (kp 22/02/2015)

Start of native language classes ups enrolment, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 14/01/2015)

Death Of A Language, by Bhimsen Thapaliya (rn 14/01/2015) [on Kusunda language]

Hindi has become a global language, says Veep Jha (ht 13/01/2015)

Raji: A dying language, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 02/01/2015)

Promoting the local: Urbanization and Anglicization of Nepali language continous to make traditional idioms and other expressions less appealing, by Shyam Sharma (rep 20/11/2014)

KMC flayed for not doing enough to promote Newari art, culture (rep 11/11/2014)

Banke to have Nepal’s first Punjabi school, by Rajendra Nath (kp 31/10/2014)

Politics of language: When we value certain languages rather than what they do, we fail to realize we need different languages for different purposes, by Shyam Sharma (rep 15/10/2014)

Uncle and auntie: Semantic differences between kinship have direct impacts on the construction of social relations in Nepal, by Gérard Toffin (kp 26/08/2014)

Linguistic survey in jeopardy as NPC ‘disowns’ it, by Weena Pun (kp 23/07/2014)

‘Four major Asian ethnic groups orginated in Nepal’ (kp 20/07/2014)

Elderly take lead to promote Magar dialects in Sindhuli, by Anil Bhandari (rep 12/05/2014)

Nepali English: English has been Nepalized in Nepal with its own typical features, borrowings, vocabulary, phonology and grammar, by Shankar Dewan (rep 01/05/2014)

Demystifying Sanskrit: A change of tides, by Nitya Pandey (rep 25/04/2014)

Living high: The concept of ‘Zomia’ seems to be based on dubious assumptions and is full of abstract, unreliable generalisations, by Gérard Toffin (kp 23/04/2014)

Multilingual education fails to attract students in Jhapa, by Raju Adhikari (rep 17/04/2014)

Foreigners eager to learn Nepali, by Shiva Sharma (kp 07/04/2014)

Opportunities and challenges: What we need is inclusive and multilingual language policy, along with strong will and definite action plan to implement it, by Shankar Dewan (rep 05/04/2014)

Concerns for keeping linguistic diversity intact: Nefin says 35 ethnic groups have distinct mother tongues, while 23 of them still have written form, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 18/02/2014), No one to carry on the language?, by Purna BK (kp 18/02/2014), Script crucial for linguistic life, by Samik Kharel (kp 18/02/2014), Worth of words: Public investment in linguistics is crucial to preserving endangered languages (kp 19/02/2014)

More a cradle than a refuge: A linguist’s views on the prehistoric habitation of the Himalaya and the Nepali language need discussion, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 14/02/2014)

Challenges Before Multilingual Education In Nepal, by Govinda Bahadur Tumbahang (rn 01/02/2014)

Nepal Academy issues dictionaries in 3 languages (kp 30/01/2014)

Languages of the Nation: Has the state become more receptive to the use of languages other than Nepali?, by Om Astha Rai (rep 24/01/2014)

Nepali: A Beginner's Primer Conversation and Grammar, by Cornell University's Language Resource Centre

Nepali, introductory website into the Nepali language by John Whelpton

Shabda Mala website (Learning to read and write in Nepali, for children)

New Materials on Kusunda Language, by B.K. Rana, Linguistic Society of Nepal; paper presented to the fourth round table international conference on ethnogenesis in South and Central Asia, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May, 11-13, 2002

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