Purik

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Burig, Burigskat, Purig, Purigskad, Purik Bhotia, Purki
Population

37,700 (2001 census).

Location

North Kashmir, Kargil district, mainly Suru valley; Dras valley, some in western Himalayas.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Similar to Balti [bft].

Language Use

Dominant language in Kargil District. Low proficiency in Urdu [urd].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 61% (2001 census). Grammar. NT: 1950.
Writing
Arabic script. Tibetan script, no longer in use.
Other Comments

Ethnonym: Purig-pa. ‘Purig’, of Tibetan origin. People prefer to be culturally and linguistically identified with Tibet, although religiously with Islam. A Scheduled Tribe. Muslim (Shi’a).