Lahuli–Spiti language

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Spiti Bhoti
Native to India
Region Himachal Pradesh
Native speakers
ca. 30,000  (1996–2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
spt – Spiti Bhoti, Nyam
jda – Jad
sbu – Stod Bhoti
cna – Changthang
nes – Bhoti Kinnauri
tpq – Tukpa
Glottolog laha1255[2]

Lahuli–Spiti is a small group of Tibetic languages spoken in India. It is more closely related to Standard Tibetan than it is to the neighboring Ladakhi, which is spoken to the north in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to Tournadre (2005), the dialects of Lahuli–Spiti are:[3]

  • Lahuli (Stod Bhoti)
  • Spiti
  • Nyamkat
  • Changthang

Bhoti Kinnauri and Tukpa (Nesang) may also belong here.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Spiti Bhoti, Nyam at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Jad at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Stod Bhoti at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lahauli–Spiti". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ N. Tournadre (2005) "L'aire linguistique tibétaine et ses divers dialectes." Lalies, 2005, n°25, p. 7–56 [1]