Sikkimese language

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Sikkimese
Drenjongke
འབྲས་ལྗོངས་སྐད་
'bras ljongs skad
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RegionSikkim, Nepal (Mechi Zone), Bhutan
EthnicitySikkimese
Native speakers
70,000 (2001)[1]
Sino-Tibetan
Tibetan script
Official status
Official language in
 India
Language codes
ISO 639-3sip
Glottologsikk1242
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The Sikkimese language', also called Sikkimese Tibetan, Bhutia, Dranjongke (Tibetan: འབྲས་ལྗོངས་སྐད་, Wylie: bras-ljongs-skad "Rice District language"[2]), Dranjoke, Denjongka, Denzongpeke, and Denzongke, belongs to the Tibetic languages. It is spoken by the Bhutia people in Sikkim and northeast Nepal. The Sikkimese people call their language Dranjongke. They call their homeland Denzong ("Rice Valley").[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sikkimese at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. "Lost Syllables and Tone Contour in Dzongkha (Bhutan)" in David Bradley, Eguénie J.A. Henderson and Martine Mazaudon, eds, Prosodic analysis and Asian linguistics: to honour R. K. Sprigg, 115-136; Pacific Linguistics, C-104, 1988
  3. Lewis, M. Paul, ed. (2009). "Sikkimese". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16 ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 2011-04-16.