The Brokpa language (Dzongkha: དྲོཀ་པ་ཁ་; Wylie: Drok-pa-kha; also called "Brokpa," "Dakpa," "Damilo," "Dap," "Drokpakay," "Jobikha," "Mera Sagtengpa," "Meragsagstengkha," "Mira Sagtengpa," and "Sagtengpa") is a Southern Tibetan language spoken by about 5,000 people mainly in Merak and Sakten Gewogs in the Sakten Valley of Trashigang District in eastern Bhutan. Brokpa is spoken by descendants of pastoral yakherd communities.
One historical Chinese name of Bhutanese, Chinese: 布鲁克巴; pinyin: bù lǔ kè bā, might be cognate to this language. Roger Blench has also recently named a language complex called Senge, spoken in 3 villages northwest of Dirang in West Kameng district.
Dondrup (1993:3) lists the following Brokpa villages.
The 1981 census counted 1,855 Brokpa people in Arunachal Pradesh.
- ^ Brokpa reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- ^ "Brokpake". Ethnologue Online. Dallas: SIL International. 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- ^ a b van Driem, George L. (1993). "Language Policy in Bhutan" (PDF). London: SOAS. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- ^ http://www.rogerblench.info/Language/South%20Asia/NEI/Bodish/Senge%20cluster/Sengres.htm
- ^ first letter missing in book
- Dondrup, Rinchin 1993. Brokeh language guide. Itanagar: Directorate of Research, Arunachal Pradesh Government.