Changthang

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Byangskat, Byanskat, Champas, Changs-Skat, Changtang, Changtang Ladakhi, Rong, Rupshu, Stotpa, Upper Ladakhi
Population

L1 users: 10,100 (2000).

Location

Jammu and Kashmir state: Tibet border area, Changthang region east and southeast of Leh.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

58%–85% intelligibility with Leh dialect of Ladakhi [lbj] with high standard deviation indicating some acquired intelligibility; 94%–95% intelligibility with Stod Bhoti [sbu] from Darcha village. Identify more with Leh Ladakhi culture than with Stod Bhoti despite lack of intelligibility. Related to Rangkas [rgk], Darmiya [drd], Byangsi [bee].

Language Use

Also use English [eng], Hindi [hin], Kashmiri [kas], Ladakhi [lbj], Urdu [urd].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 37% (2001 census).
Writing

Tibetan script [Tibt], Bodhi style.

Other Comments

Champa is a Scheduled Tribe. Buddhist.

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