Rgyalrongic languages


The Rgyalrongic (SIL: RGyarong) languages are a small cluster of Tibeto-Burman languages. They are of uncertain affiliation, but share certain commonalities with the Qiangic languages.

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These languages are distinguished by their morphological complexity, and their archaisms. They are considered by linguists to be the living fossils of the Sino-Tibetan languages.

Rgyalrongic languages tree

  • Horpa-Shangzhai
    • Horpa
    • Shangzhai
  • Lavrung
  • Rgyalrong
    • zbu (rdzong-‘bur, Ribu 日部)1
    • tsho-bdun (Caodeng 草登)1
    • Japhug 2
    • Situ 3


  1. Some linguists group these as one language: Sidaba
  2. Also referred as Chabao
  3. Also referred as Eastern Jiarong

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