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Ethnologue > Web version > Country index > Asia > India > Sikkimese


A language of India

ISO 639-3sip

Population  70,300 (2001).
Region  Sikkim, all districts; West Bengal, Darjeeling. Possibly in Tibet.
Alternate names   Dandzongka, Danjongka, Danyouka, Denjong, Denjongkha, Denjongpa, Denjonka, Denjonke, Lachengpa, Lachungpa, Sikami, Sikkim Bhotia, Sikkim Bhutia
Dialects  Partially intelligible with Dzongkha [dzo] of Bhutan. Lexical similarity: 65% with Dzongkha of Bhutan, 42% with Tibetan [bod].
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Himalayish, Tibeto-Kanauri, Tibetic, Tibetan, Southern
Language use  Vigorous. Positive attitude. Also use Nepali [nep], some also use Tibetan [bod].
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 68% for Bhutia in Sikkim.
Writing system  Tibetan script, Bodhi style. Tibetan script.
Comments  Agriculturalists; pastoralists. Buddhist.