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Balti language

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Balti (Balti)
Spoken in: Pakistan, India
Region: Kashmir
Total speakers: 333,000
Ranking:
Genetic classification: Sino-Tibetan languages

 Tibeto-Burman languages
  Bodic languages
   Bodish languages
    Tibetan
     Western
      Balti

Official status
Official language of: Balti
Regulated by: -
Language codes
ISO 639-1{{{iso1}}}
ISO 639-2{{{iso2}}}
SILBFT
See also: LanguageList of languages

Balti is a language spoken in Baltistan, in what is now part of the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The language is an archaic dialect of the Tibetan language. Many of the consonants that are silent in most modern Tibetan dialects are pronounced in Balti.

Script

Balti is also the name of the Tibetan Balti script, no longer in use, which was replaced by the Persian script in the 16th Century, due to Arabic influence.

Recently a number of Balti scholars have been trying to repromote the use of the Balti script (including the Tibetan form) and as well as preserving their semi-Tibetan Balti culture, in order to preserve their racial identity.

Vocabulary

The Balti language shares 80-90% of the vocabulary with the neighboring Ladakhi, although they have adopted words from Shina, Burushaski and Persian with the process of Islamization.

External links


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