Brokpa language

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Region Bhutan
Native speakers
5,000  (2006)[1]
Tibetan script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sgt

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.[2][3] Brokpa is spoken by descendants of pastoral yakherd communities.[3]

One historical Chinese name of Bhutanese, Chinese: 布鲁克巴; pinyin: bù lǔ kè bā, might be cognate to this language.[citation needed] Roger Blench has also recently named a language complex called Senge, spoken in 3 villages northwest of Dirang in West Kameng district.[4]

Dondrup (1993:3) lists the following Brokpa villages.

The 1981 census counted 1,855 Brokpa people in Arunachal Pradesh.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brokpa at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ "Brokpake". Ethnologue Online. Dallas: SIL International. 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  3. ^ a b van Driem, George L. (1993). "Language Policy in Bhutan" (PDF). London: SOAS. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
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  5. ^ first letter missing in book
  • Dondrup, Rinchin 1993. Brokeh language guide. Itanagar: Directorate of Research, Arunachal Pradesh Government.

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