Languages of South Asia at SOAS: Nepali
Nepali is the national language of Nepal, spoken as a mother-tongue by over 50% of Nepal’s 20 million people, and as a second language by almost all other Nepalis. It is the official language of Sikkim and the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, and is also the dominant language of southern Bhutan.
Nepali is used as a lingua franca by large Nepali communities all over Himalayan India; it is closely related to Hindi and the other languages of north India, and possesses a rich body of modern literature.
See the article in the Nepali Times, by Professor Michael Hutt, on the learning and teaching of Nepali at SOAS.
We offer courses in Nepali language and literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, both as part of degree programmes within the Department, and as minor or open options on a wide variety of SOAS degrees. A selection of those programmes, as well as a list of Nepali courses, are listed below.
- BA South Asian Studies (4 years)
- BA South Asian Studies and... (4 years)
- BA South Asian Studies (3 years)
- BA South Asian Studies and... (3 years)
- Certificate in South Asian Studies
- MA Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia)
- MA Postcolonial Studies
- MA South Asian Area Studies
- Degree Programmes with Language Options
Nepali modules are taught in the South Asia Section of the School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics. Please note not all modules run every year.
- M. J. Hutt and A. Subedi, Teach yourself Nepali, London 1999.
- M.J.Hutt, Himalayan voices: an introduction to modern Nepali literature, Berkeley, 1991.
- D.J. Matthews, A course in Nepali, London 1984.
- J. Whelpton, Nepal, Oxford 1990.
Please Note: Not all modules and programmes are available every year