Darmiya or Darma is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in the Darma Valley, Dharchula Tehsil, Pithoragarh District of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the fifteen tribes, as stated in The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Uttar Pradesh Order, 1967 (C.O. 78) in clause (1) of Article 342 of the Constitution of India. Majorly it is called Bhotia; Bhotia is the broad term used in Himalayan region: several communities and languages are considered under this term. This tribal language is the member of west Tibeto-Burman language family in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. It is related to Rangas, Rongpo, Chaudangsi, and Byangsi. Alternate names for this language include Darma, Darma Lwo, Darma-Lwo, Darmani, Saukas, and Shaukas.
At first Darmiya Language was discovered by Grierson's Linguistic Survey of India, after so many scholar did his great contribution regards in this Language like Krishnamurti, Cristina Wills, Professor K. Srikumar, Prof. Kavita Rastogi and his scholars Ashish Kumar Pandey and vishnu singh from Lucknow University is documenting this language by the help of CIIL India. Darmiya language have 34 phonemes in which 8 vowels and 28 consonants have occurred, there are five long vowels and three short vowels.
Darmiya is spoken in the Dhauli valley, from Tawaghat near Dharchula south to Sipoo in the north along Dhauli river. This area is located in Dharchula and Munsiyari tehsils, Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand, India (Ethnologue). Darmiya is spoken in Dar, Bongling, Selachal, Nanglin, Baling, Dugtu, Saung, Baun, Philam, Datu, Gwo, Marchha, Dhakar, Sobla, and Sipoo villages (Ethnologue).
The Darmiya language contains the following consonant phonemes:
The language contains the following vowels:
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