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Native toIndia, China, Pakistan
RegionLadakh, Tibet, Baltistan
Native speakers
27,000 (2011)[1][2]
Tibetan script
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
lbj – Ladakhi
zau – Zangskari

Ladakhi (ལ་དྭགས་སྐད་) is a language spoken by the Ladakhi people in India, Pakistan, and China. Ladakhi is closely related to Balti, a language spoken in the neighboring region of Baltistan in Pakistan. The two major dialects of Ladakhi are Zangskari and Changthang.[3] The Ladakhi language is also locally known as Bhoti or Bhotia and has been known by that by the Indian government.[4] Ladakhi contains many loanwords from Kashmiri and Hindi.[5] Ladakhi is spoken by 15,000 people in India, 12,000 China and about 900 in Pakistan.[6][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues – 2011". Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  2. "Ladakhi". Ethnologue. Retrieved 30 Dec 2022.
  3. Koshal, Sanyukta (1990). "The Ladakhi Language and ITS Regional Perspectives" (PDF). Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. 44 (1/2): 13–22. JSTOR 23658103.
  4. "Bhoti is not a language: Why parts of Ladakh has an issue with the Education Department's language plan".
  5. "Ladakhi language and alphabet".
  6. "Ladakhi | Ethnologue Free".
  7. "Try Again | Joshua Project". Retrieved 2023-11-24.