Sikkimese

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Dandzongka, Danjongka, Danyouka, Denjong, Denjongkha, Denjongpa, Denjonka, Denjonke, Lachengpa, Lachungpa, Sikami, Sikkim Bhotia, Sikkim Bhutia
Population

70,300 (2001).

Location

Sikkim, all districts; West Bengal, Darjeeling. Possibly in Tibet.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

None known. Partially intelligible of Dzongkha [dzo] of Bhutan. Lexical similarity: 65% with Dzongkha [dzo] of Bhutan, 42% with Tibetan [bod].

Language Use

Vigorous. Positive attitudes. Some also use Tibetan [bod] which is viewed as appropriate for religion. Also use Nepali [npi] for education and trade.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 68% for Bhutia in Sikkim (2001 census). Taught in primary schools.
Writing

Tibetan script [Tibt].

Other Comments

Buddhist.