Lahuli–Spiti languages

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Native toIndia
RegionHimachal Pradesh
Native speakers
30,000 (1996–2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
sbu – Stod Bhoti
spt – Spiti Bhoti, Nyam
nes – Bhoti Kinnauri
tpq – Tukpa
jda – Jad

The Lahuli–Spiti languages or Western Innovative Tibetan languages are a subgroup of the Tibetic languages spoken in the Lahaul and Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh, India. They are more closely related to Standard Tibetan than to the neighboring Ladakhi–Balti languages spoken further north.

According to Tournadre (2014),[3] the Lahuli–Spiti languages include:

  • Lahuli (Stod Bhoti)
  • Spiti
  • Nyamkat
  • Bhoti Kinnauri
  • Tukpa (Nesang)


  1. ^ Stod Bhoti at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Spiti Bhoti, Nyam at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Bhoti Kinnauri at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Tukpa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Jad at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Lahauli–Spiti". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Nicolas Tournadre. 2014. The Tibetic languages and their classification. In Nathan W. Hill and Thomas Owen-Smith (eds.), Trans-Himalayan Linguistics: Historical and Descriptive Linguistics of the Himalayan Area, 105–129. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.