Brokpa language

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

The Brokpa language (Dzongkha: དྲོག་པ་ཁ།, དྲོགཔ་ཁ།, Dr˚okpakha, Dr˚opkha), 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 Eastern Bhutan.[3][4] Brokpa is spoken by descendants of pastoral yakherd communities.[4]

The word brokpa has two parts. 'brok' and 'pa'. In Tibetic 'Brok' means mountain and 'pa' means native people, so the word 'Brokpa' refers to the language spoken by the people living on the mountains. 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.

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  1. ^ Brokpa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Brokpake". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  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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