Tibetan, Amdo

A language of China

ISO 639-3: adx

Population 809,500 (1987 Wurm et al.). Population includes 538,500 Hbrogpa, 97,600 Rongba, 112,800 Rongmahbrogpa, 60,600 Rtahu.
Region Huangnan, Hainan, Haibei, and Guoluo (Golog) Tibetan Autonomous prefectures and the Haixi Mongolian-Tibetan-Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province; in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and Tianzhu Autonomous County of southwestern Gansu Province, and in parts of the Ganzi and Aba (Ngawa) Tibetan Autonomous prefectures of western and northern Sichuan Province.
Alternate names   Amdo, Anduo, Ngambo
Dialects Hbrogpa, Rongba, Rongmahbrogpa, Rtahu. Speakers do not find Central Tibetan or Kham varieties intelligible. Those listed as dialects may not be intelligible with each other. Lexical similarity 70% with Central Tibetan and Kham.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Himalayish, Tibeto-Kanauri, Tibetic, Tibetan, Northern
Language use All ages.
Language development Dictionary.


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Part of the Tibetan nationality. Speakers in 'Golog' are called 'Golog', 'Ngolok', 'Mgolog', 'Ggolo'. SOV; many onset clusters. Pastoral: yak, sheep; wool. Buddhist (Lamaist).