News By/Courtesy: Srinath Sambangi | 09 Aug 2018 22:28pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lepcha is one of the languages spoken by the people of Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan and West Bengal.
  • It is a language in the list of 197 of 2500 languages that are endangered according to too the list released by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • Lepcha is a language which is difficult to classify but according to the linguist George Van Driem, it is related closely to the Mahakiranti Languages

Lepcha is one of the languages spoken by the people of Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan and West Bengal. It is a language in the list of 197 of 2500 languages that are endangered according to too the list released by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. Lepcha is unique and is distinguishable when compared to other regional languages as its script is different and the locals have their own script. Lepcha is a historical language which was widely used once upon a time but is currently having only 30,000 speakers and the number is expected to dwindle further as the time goes on.

Lepcha is a language which is difficult to classify but according to the linguist George Van Driem, it is related closely to the Mahakiranti Language which is a subfamily of Himayalan languages which generally have a similar script unlike the language of Lepcha which is unique.

Avani Lakhotia, a final year student is working in ways to revive the language by talking to the locals in West Bengal who speak the language, learn the language, practise the traditional calligraphy and help contribute preserve the language which in turn gives the language a breath of fresh air and Avani a chance to contribute back to her roots.

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 09 Aug 2018 22:46pm IST


Tags : #India#Lepcha Language#Try To Revive

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