Bunan language

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RegionHimachal Pradesh
Native speakers
4,000 (1997)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bfu

Bunan, also known as Gahri, Ghara, Lahuli of Bunan, Boonan, Punan, Poonan, Erankad, Keylong Boli or Bunan, is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The number of people speaking the language is only approximately 4,000 in India.[1]

Geographic distribution[edit]

According to Ethnologue, Bunan is spoken in the Gahr Valley along the Bhaga River from its confluence with the Chandra River and upstream about 25 km (16 mi). It is spoken in villages such as Biling, Kardang, Kyelang, Guskyar, Yurnad, Gumrang, Barbog, Paspara, Pyukar and Styering.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Sharma, Suhnu Ram. 1991. Body Parts Questionnaire (Bunan). (unpublished ms. contributed to STEDT).
  • Widmer, Manuel. 2014. A descriptive grammar of Bunan. Doctoral dissertation, Universität Bern.


  1. ^ a b Bunan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bunan". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.