Chepang

Chepang is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by a tribal population group who traditionally practised a semi-nomadic lifestyle in the forests of the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal. Their language has hardly been documented, and their genetic position within the Tibeto-Burman language family is moot. On the basis of the pioneering work of the New Zealand linguist Ross Caughley, Leiden scholar Roland Rutgers published the most complete analytical study of Chepang verbal morphology to date in 1993. This detailed morphemic analysis forms the basis of a discussion of verbal agreement systems in Tibeto-Burman and some speculations on Tibeto-Burman historical grammar.