Brokpa language

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Region Bhutan
Native speakers
5,000 (2006)[1]
Tibetan alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sgt
Glottolog brok1248[2]

The Brokpa language (Tibetan: དྲོཀ་པ་ཁ་, Dzongkha: Bjokha), also called the "Mera-Sakteng language" after its speakers' home regions, is a Southern Tibetic language spoken by about 5000 people mainly in Mera and Sakteng Gewogs in the Sakteng Valley of Trashigang District in Easte Bhutan.[3][4] Brokpa is spoken by descendants of pastoral yakherd communities.[4]

Roger Blench has also recently named a language complex called Senge spoken in three villages northwest of Dirang in West Kameng district.[5]

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

The 1981 census counted 1855 Brokpa people in Arunachal Pradesh.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brokpa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Brokpake". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ "Brokpake". Ethnologue Online. Dallas: SIL International. 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  4. ^ a b van Driem, George L. (1993). "Language Policy in Bhutan" (PDF). London: SOAS. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ first letter missing in book
  • Dondrup, Rinchin 1993. Brokeh language guide. Itanagar: Directorate of Research, Arunachal Pradesh Government.

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