Nupbi language

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Region Bhutan
Native speakers
2,200  (2006)[1]
Tibetan script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 npb
Glottolog nupb1238[2]

Nupbikha is an East Bodish language spoken by about 2,200 people in central Bhutan.[3]

Historically, Nupbikha and its speakers have had close contact with speakers of Bumthangkha, Kurtöpkha, and Khengkha, nearby languages of central and eastern Bhutan, to the extent that they may be considered part of a wider collection of "Bumthang languages." Nyenkha, also related to the Bumthang languages, is more divergent while 'Olekha is only distantly related.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ Nupbikha at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Nupbikha". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Lewis, M. Paul, ed. (2009). "Nupbikha". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16 (online) ed.) (Dallas, Texas: SIL International). Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  4. ^ Schicklgruber, Christian (1998). Françoise Pommaret-Imaeda, ed. Bhutan: Mountain Fortress of the Gods. Shambhala. pp. 50, 53. 
  5. ^ van Driem, George (2007). "Endangered Languages of Bhutan and Sikkim: East Bodish Languages". In Moseley, Christopher. Encyclopedia of the World's Endangered Languages. Routledge. p. 295. ISBN 0-7007-1197-X. 
  6. ^ van Driem, George (2007). Matthias Brenzinger, ed. Language diversity endangered. Trends in linguistics: Studies and monographs, Mouton Reader 181. Walter de Gruyter. p. 312. ISBN 3-11-017050-7.