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Review: Learning Nepali the SOAS way

  • Turin, M.

Hutt, M; and Subedi, A; 1999, Teach Yourself Nepali: A Complete Course in Understanding, SPeaking and Writing. Teach Yourself Books, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. London, UK> Despite being relatively small both in terms of size and population, Nepal and her national language have exerted a considerable influence across the northern reaches of South Asia. Home to more than 80 languages hailing from four different language families, Nepal has more need of a common tongue than many other countries twice her size. Outside of Nepal's present borders, Nepali is widely used in Sikkim and Darjeeling, prompting its recognition as a major language in India by the Indian Constitution. Even in the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan, the Nepali language is both spoken and understood. Nepali is, in short, a lingua franca of the central and eastern Himalaya.

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    Contributions to Nepalese Studies. Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu, Nepal. Volume 26, Number 1, January 1999: http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/contributions/pdf/CNAS_26_01_review.pdf. Digital Himalaya: http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/contributions/index.php?selection=26_1