A language of India

ISO 639-3: lbf

Population 2,000 in India (1996). Population total all countries: 2,450 to 3,600.
Region Himachal Pradesh, Lahul and Spiti Subdivision, lower Chandra Valley (Tinan or Rangloi Valley). Gondhla is the main village. Also spoken in China.
Alternate names   Lahauli, Lahouli, Rangloi, Tinan Lahuli, Lahuli, Teenan, Gondla, Gondhla
Dialects Close to Pattani. Lexical similarity 63% to 56% with Chamba Lahuli (Pattani), 32% to 37% with Bunan, 21% with the Spiti and Stod varieties of central Tibetan, 62% with Tandi village, 34% with Shumcho, 32% with Jangshung, 31% with Kanauri and Sunam, 13% with Lhasa Tibetan.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Himalayish, Tibeto-Kanauri, Western Himalayish, Kanauri
Language use Used in the home and village, infrequently in religion. Speakers also use Hindi or Pattani.
Language development Literacy rate in second language: High. Bible portions: 19081915.
Comments 'Lahuli' as applied to the inhabitants of Lahul and Spiti refers primarily to the language of a place. It is not a tight linguistic designation. Speakers are well educated. Mountain slope, valleys. 3,700 to 7,000 meters. Buddhist, Hindu.

Also spoken in:

Language name   Tinani
Population 450 to 1,600 in China (1977 Voegelin and Voegelin).
Region Western Tibet border.
Alternate names   Lahuli Tinan, Bhotia of Lahul, Lahauli, Lahouli, Rangloi, Gondla

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Probably part of the Tibetan nationality. Different from Bunan and Pattani in India.