Purgi language

Purigi, Purki
Native toIndia, Pakistan
Native speakers
94,000 (2011 census)[1]
Perso-Arabic script
Tibetan script
Language codes
ISO 639-3prx

Purgi (alternative spellings: Purgi or Puriki) is the southern dialect of Balti language. Balti is a Tibetic language spoken in parts of the Indian union territory of Kargil Ladakh, Baltistan of Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan territory. Most of them are Shia Muslims by religion although significant Noorbakhshi and Sunni Muslims and a small minority of Buddhists and Bön followers reside in areas like Fokar valley, Mulbekh, Wakha. Like the Balti, they speak an archaic Tibetan dialect closely related to Balti and Ladakhi. Purki is more close to Balti than Ladakhi, so there are different opinions among linguists in considering Purki and Balti as different languages or simply different varieties of the same language.[2]


  1. ^ Purki at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ *N. Tournadre (2005) "L'aire linguistique tibétaine et ses divers dialectes." Lalies, 2005, n°25, p. 7–56 [1]

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