(Last Updated on : 02-01-2009)
The Ladhaki language is the language of the inhabitants of the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir of India. It has approximately, 200,00 speakers in India, and nearly 12,00 speakers in the Tibet region of China mainly in the Changthang region. Scholars share different opinions over the status of Ladhaki as a separate language from Tibetan as both have many similarities.
However Ladhaki lacks the tonal element of the Tibetan language. The language has several dialects, which vary from region to region in Ladakh. The capital of Ladakh is Leh where Ladakhi proper is spoken, Sham skat is spoken in the northwest of Leh, Stopta is spoken in the southeast of the Indus valley while Nubra is spoken in the north. The people of Zanskar also speak a variety of Ladhaki language.
The Tibetan script is used to write the Ladhaki language.