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Zanskari, Zaskari, Zangs-dkar, Z’angkar
Native toIndia
RegionZanskar (Ladakh)
Native speakers
12,000 (2000)[1]
Tibetan script
Language codes
ISO 639-3zau

Zangskari (Zanskari, Zaskari) is an endangered Tibetic language. It is mostly spoken in Zanskar in Union Territory of Ladakh, India and also spoken by the Buddhists in the upper reaches of Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh and Paddar J&K.[2] It is written using the Tibetan script.[3]

Zangskari is divided into four homogenous groups, namely Oot (Stod) or Upper Zanskari spoken along the Doda River, Zhung (Gžun) or Central Zanskari mostly spoken in Fadum valley, Sham (Gšam) or Lower Zanskari follows the lower portions of Zanskar River and lastly Lungnak (Luŋnag) along the upper Zanskar River region.[4]


  1. ^ Zangskari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Beek, Martijn van Pirie, Fernanda (2008). Modern Ladakh : anthropological perspectives on continuity and change. Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-16713-1. OCLC 896146052.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Zangskari". Script Source. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. ^ Mark Turin; Bettina Zeisler (2011). Himalayan Languages and Linguistics: Studies in Phonology, Semantics, Morphology and Syntax. BRILL. p. 243. ISBN 978-9004194489.

Further reading

  • Paul Hattaway (2004). "Zangskari". Peoples of the Buddhist World: A Christian Prayer Diary. William Carey Library. ISBN 0878083618.
  • Braj B. Kachru; Yamuna Kachru; S. N. Sridhar (2008). "Tibeto-Burman". Language in South Asia. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521781411.
  • Jonathan Mingle (2015), Glossary of Zanskari-Ladakhi Words, St. Martin's Press, pp. 405–409

External links

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