A descriptive grammar of Darma: An endangered Tibeto-Burman by Christina Marie Willis

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The Indo-Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP), the Sima Sasastra Bal (SSB or Border Special Force), the Kumaun Scouts, the police, the Indian Army, the National Hydro-Electrical Power Corporation, and a Central Intelligence Officer are all stationed in and around Dharchula. These groups are largely comprised of people from all over India who speak Hindi as a common language; many of them are also fluent in English, and some posts require the use of English in daily communication. As 19 There are also English-medium schools, which many local students attend.

I did not report the names of men who were rumored to be smugglers, and the intelligence officer never requested that I spy on the community. 16 Because they are classified as a Scheduled Tribe the Rang people receive support from the government for schooling, medical expenses and food. Many men have no formal means of employment. The rugs and blankets woven by women are sold whenever possible as a source of income, and men participate in spinning wool and knitting garments for personal use and for sale.

The exact relationship between these three Rang varieties has yet to be established. 4 below. According to the Rang people, Darma is the original Rang language from which Byansi and Chaudangsi have evolved. They make this claim because they perceive Darma to be the most conservative of the three languages. This was also codified by a Chaudangsi scholar, Ratan Singh Rayapa, 16 in his book Shauka about the Rang culture. e. e. Hindi, Nepali, Kumauni, and Pahari). An acquaintance from Kathmandu who was living in Dharchula while working on a local dam project told me that the Nepali spoken in this region is ‘different’ from the Nepali near the capital.

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