Doteli language

Native to Nepal
Region Doti (Far Western Region) and Mid western Region
Native speakers
790,000 in Nepal (2011 census)[1]
Devanagari script (Nepali alphabet)
Official status
Official language in
   Nepal As per Part 1, Section 5 of Interim Constitution of Nepal 2063 (2007):[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 dty
Glottolog dote1238[3]

Doteli, or Dotyali (डोटेली) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by about 800,000 people, most of whom live in Nepal. It was traditionally considered the western dialect of Nepali, and is written in the Devanagari script. It has official status in Nepal As per Part 1, Section 5 of Interim Constitution of Nepal 2063 (2007). There are four main dialects of Dotyali namely Baitadeli, Bajhangi Nepali, Darchuli and Dotyali. The established comprehension between these dialects is high. All dialects of Dotyali are able to share language-based materials.

Terms used for language name by district[4]
District Terms used for language name
Doti Dotyali, Doteli
Dadeldhura Dotyali, Dadeldhuri
Baitadi Baitadi, Baitadeli, Dotyali
Darchula Darchuleli, Dotyali
Bajhang Bajhangi Bajhangi Nepali, Nepali


  1. Doteli at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Interim Constitution of Nepal 2063
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Doteli". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. A Sociolinguistic Study of Dotyali-LinSuN Central Department of linguistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and SIL International 2014

External links

Doteli language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator
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