Lepcha

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Lapche, Nünpa, Rong, Rongke, Rongpa
Population

50,600 (2001 census). Total users in all countries: 69,800.

Location

Sikkim state: Dzongu district; West Bengal state: Darjeeling district, Kalimpong.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Ilammu, Tamsangmu, Rengjongmu. Classification uncertain; has been classified both in Himalayan and Naga groups.

Language Use

Vigorous. In Sikkim, all ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 66% in Sikkim (2001 census). Taught in primary schools. Radio. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. NT: 1989.
Writing

Lepcha (Róng) script [Lepc]. Tibetan script [Tibt].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Lepcha is both language and name of people. Buddhist, Christian, Hindu.

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