Zangskari dialect

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Zangskari
Native to India
Region Zanskar (Jammu and Kashmir)
Native speakers
12,000  (2000)[1]
Tibetan script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 zau

Zangskari (Zanskari, Zaskari) is an endangered Indian language. This language is mostly spoken in Jammu and Kashmir, especially Zanskar in Kargil district adjoining the Ladakh region. Tibetan script is used to write this language.[2][3] The speakers of this language are mainly Buddhists.[4]

The dialect is further divided into four homogenous groups, namely Oot (Stod) or Upper Zanskari spoken along the Doda River, Zhung (Gžun) or Central Zanskari mostly spoken in Fadum valley, Sham (Gšam) or Lower Zanskari follows the lower portions of Zanskar River and lastly Lungnak (Luŋnag) along the upper Zanskar River region. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zangskari at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ "Zangskari language". Ethnologue. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Zangskari". Script Source. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Zangskari people and language". Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Mark Turin; Bettina Zeisler (2011). Himalayan Languages and Linguistics: Studies in Phonology, Semantics, Morphology and Syntax. BRILL. p. 243. ISBN 9004194487. 
  • Paul Hattaway (2004). "Zangskari". Peoples of the Buddhist World: A Christian Prayer Diary. William Carey Library. ISBN 0878083618. 
  • Braj B. Kachru; Yamuna Kachru, S. N. Sridhar (2008). "Tibeto-Burman". Language in South Asia. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521781418.