Tibetan, Amdo


A language of China

Alternate Names
Amdo, Anduo, Ngambo, Panang

1,800,000 (2005 C. Lhungrub).


Tibet Autonomous Region, Huangnan, Hainan, Haibei, and Guoluo (Golog) autonomous prefectures; Qinghai Province, Haixi Mongolian-Tibetan-Kazakh autonomous prefecture and Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture; southwest Gansu Province, Tianzhu autonomous county; west and north Sichuan Province, Ganzi and Aba (Ngaba) Tibetan autonomous prefectures.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Tibetan.


Hbrogpa, Panang (Banag, Banang, Panags, Panakha, Pananag, Sbanag, Sbranag), Rongba, Rongmahbrogpa, Rtahu. Central Tibetan [bod] or Khams Tibetan [khg] varieties not intelligible. Lexical similarity: 70% with Central Tibetan [bod] and Khams Tibetan [khg].


SOV; many onset clusters.

Language Use

All ages. Used as L2 by Baima [bqh], Bonan [peh], Salar [slr].

Language Development
Classroom teachers use it it, but Modern Literary Tibetan is the language of literature. Films. TV. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar.

Tibetan script [Tibt].

Other Comments

Those in Golog are called Golog, Ngolok, Mgolog, Ggolo, or Gugoluo. Buddhist (Lamaist).