Culture

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Cultural diversity

Language: Lepcha, India. ©Discovery 2004
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Language: Lepcha, India

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Language(s): Lepcha, English

Summary/Historical Context

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The Lepcha language is spoken in Sikkim and Darjeeling district in West Bengal of India. The 1991 Indian census counted 39,342 speakers of Lepcha. Lepcha is considered to be one of the indigenous languages of the area in which it is spoken. Unlike most other languages of the Himalayas, the Lepcha people have their own indigenous script (the world's largest collection of old Lepcha manuscripts is kept in Leiden, with over 180 Lepcha books).

Lepcha is the language of instruction in some schools in Sikkim. In comparison to other Tibeto-Burman languages, it has been given considerable attention in the literature. Nevertheless, many important aspects of the Lepcha language and culture still remain undescribed.

References:

- Lepchas and their tradition
http://sikkim.nic.in/north/html/lepcha.htm .

- Ethnologue - Languages of the World
http://sikkim.nic.in/north/html/lepcha.htm

Place/country: India,
Series: Connecting through culture- Celebrating diversity
Type: Documentary
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Credits: Discovery Channel (publisher), UNWorks (producer).
Published in: 2004

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