Tibetan, Amdo

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Amdo, Anduo, Ngambo, Panang
Population

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

Location

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).

Dialects

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].

Typology

SOV; many onset clusters

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Classroom teachers use it it, but Modern Literary Tibetan is the language of literature. Films. TV. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions.
Writing
Tibetan script.
Other Comments

Officially classified within Tibetan nationality. Those in Golog are called Golog, Ngolok, Mgolog, Ggolo, or Gugoluo. Buddhist (Lamaist).