Zangskari dialect

Zanskari, Zaskari, Zangs-dkar, Z’angkar
Native to India, Pakistan
Region Zanskar (Jammu and Kashmir)
Native speakers
12,000 (2000)[1]
Tibetan script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 zau
Glottolog zang1248[2]

Zangskari (Zanskari, Zaskari) is an endangered Tibetic language. It is mostly spoken in Jammu and Kashmir, especially Zanskar in Kargil district adjoining the Ladakh region. It is written using the Tibetan script.[3]

Zangsakri 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. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Zangskari". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  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 9004194487.

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