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DZONGKHA: a language of

SIL code:  DZO
ISO 639-1:
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Population 160,000 (1993 Van Driem). Population total both countries 160,000 or more.
Region Ha, Paru, Punakha districts. Also spoken in Nepal.
Alternate names   DRUKKE, DRUKHA, DUKPA, BHUTANESE, JONKHA, BHOTIA OF BHUTAN, BHOTIA OF DUKPA, ZONGKHAR, RDZONGKHA
Dialects WANG-THE (THIMPHU-PUNAKHA), HA, NORTHERN THIMPHU.
Classification
Comments As different from Lhasa Tibetan as Nepali is from Hindi. Partially intelligible with Sikkimese (Drenjoke). Names listed as dialects may be separate languages. 48% lexical similarity with Sharchagpakha, 47% to 52% with Kebumtamp, 77% with Adap. 'Lhoke' means 'southern language.' National language. Literacy rate in first language: Below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: Below 5%. Ucan script. Common school language. Bible portions 1970.

Also spoken in:

   
Language name   DZONGKHA
Alternate names   JONKHA, BHOTIA OF BHUTAN, ZONGKHAR, DRUKKE, DRUKHA, BHUTANESE
Comments 'Lhoke' means 'southern language.' Traders, shopkeepers. Bible portions 1970. See main entry under Bhutan.
 

Entries from the SIL Bibliography about this language: