Brokpa language

Native speakers
5,000 (2006)[1]
Tibetan alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3sgt

The Brokpa language (Dzongkha: དྲོག་པ་ཁ།, དྲོགཔ་ཁ།, Dr˚okpakha, Dr˚opkha), also called the Merak-Sakteng language after its speakers' home regions, is a Southern Tibetic language spoken by about 5000 people mainly in Mera and Sakteng Gewogs in the Sakteng Valley of Trashigang District in Eastern Bhutan.[3][4] Brokpa is spoken by descendants of pastoral yakherd communities.[4]

The word brokpa has two parts. 'brok' and 'pa'. In Tibetic 'Brok' means pastoral land and 'pa' is a demonym, so the word 'Brokpa' refers to the language spoken by the people living on the mountains. Roger Blench has also recently named a language complex called Senge spoken in three villages northwest of Dirang in West Kameng district.[5]

Dondrup (1993:3) lists the following Brokpa villages.

The 1981 census counted 1855 Brokpa people in Arunachal Pradesh.

See also


  1. ^ Brokpa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Brokpake". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "Brokpake". Ethnologue Online. Dallas: SIL International. 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  4. ^ a b van Driem, George L. (1993). "Language Policy in Bhutan". London: SOAS. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2012-09-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ first letter missing in book
  • Dondrup, Rinchin 1993. Brokeh language guide. Itanagar: Directorate of Research, Arunachal Pradesh Government.

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