A Dictionary of Dumi
Netra Mani Rai
This trilingual dictionary is based primarily on the author’s years of fieldwork together with numerous discussions and the writer's intuition. It consists of more than five thousand native Dumi words collected from native speakers of the Makpa area. Dumi [dus] is an endangered Kirati language of the Rai group spoken in northern Khotang district in eastern Nepal. It belongs to the east Himalayish sub-branch of the Tibeto-Burman branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. The population of ethnic Dumi in Nepal according to the 2011 Census is 7,638. Linguistically, Dumi is closely related to other two Kirati languages: Koyee [kkt] and Khaling [klr].
The information which we have chosen to include in the dictionary and its organization are as a result of the experience in writing a grammar of Dumi (Rai, 2017). The user of this dictionary is referred to that work (A Grammar of Dumi: A functional-Typological approach), which should be used in conjunction with the present dictionary in order to gain the best understanding of Dumi. Since grammar and dictionary provide the entire view of the language, this dictionary attempts to provide a brief description of the Dumi language and its native speakers.
ISBN 9783862888498 (Hardbound). Languages of the World/Dictionaries 69. 498pp. 2017.