Balti Language (bft)

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Also Known As: Sbalti,Bhotia Of Baltistan,Baltistani,Sbalt,Bhoti Of Baltistan,Balti


Balti (بلتی) is a language spoken in Baltistan, in the Northern Areas of Pakistan and adjoining parts of Ladakh, India. Baltistan - before 1948 - was part of Ladakh province. The language is a sub-dialect of Ladakhi and has many similarities with archaic dialects of the Tibetan language. It is mutually intelligible with Ladakhi and Burig. Many of the consonants that are silent in most modern Tibetan dialects are pronounced in Balti.

All people of same races, living in Baltistan are called Balti. The Greeks derived Byaltae from sBal-ti, which in Tibetan means "water gorge." The historian Ptolemy who was also a general in the army of Alexander the Great had named the region (Byaltae) in his book. In fact Baltistan is the Persian translation of Baltiyul, “The Homeland of Balti”. The people belonging to Balti nationality are settled on both banks of the river Indus from Kargil (in the east) to Haramosh (in the west) and from Karakoram range (in the north) to Deosai plains (in the south). In this nationality the majority comes from Tibetan origin. However people migrated to this area in different periods of ancient times, on account of different reasons and after merging in the..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Balti Language Speakers

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Main Country: Pakistan
Spoken In:

Regions: Asia

ISO 639-3 Code: bft

Classification Taxonomy

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  Sino-Tibetan Group

    Tibeto-Burman Group

      Himalayish Group

        Tibeto-Kanauri Group

          Tibetic Group

            Tibetan Group

              Western Tibetan Group

                Balti Language