Nepal Bhasa

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Nepal Bhasa
नेपाल भाषा
Native to Nepal, Sikkim
Ethnicity Newa people
Native speakers
846,000 (2011 census)
Early form
Devanagari, Kutakshari script, Ranjana script, Prachalit script, Brahmi script, Gupta script, Bhujimol script, Golmol script
Official status
Official language in
   Nepal, Sikkim
Regulated by Nepal Bhasa Academy
Nepal Bhasa Parishad
Language codes
ISO 639-2 new
ISO 639-3 Either:
new – Modern Newar
nwx – Middle Newar
nwx Middle Newar
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Nepal Bhasa is a language. Newah Bhaaye is the term used for Nepal Bhasa by native speakers. It is a Himalayan language of Tibeto-Burman branch of the Sino-Tibetan group. It has been incorrectly called by the term ‘Newari’ by westerners and non-Newars of Nepal. It is not related to Nepali, the majority language of Nepal. Nepal Bhasha shares the feature of Kirant and Tibetan dialects of Northern Himalayas. It consists of five major dialects and several sub-dialects spoken by Newa people living throughout the country.