Lepcha

Authored by: Heleen Plaisier

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

Print publication date:  December  2002
Online publication date:  May  2006

Print ISBN: 9780700711291
eBook ISBN: 9780203221051
Adobe ISBN: 9781135797188

10.4324/9780203221051.ch43

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Abstract

The Lepcha people call themselves Róng or Róngkup ‘children of the Róng’, in full Mútuncí Róngkup Rumkup ‘Children of the Róng and of God’, and their language is called Róng-ríng. The term ‘Lepcha’ derives from Nepali Lāpce or Lāpcā, which originally had the derogatory connotation of ‘inarticulate speech’. Nowadays, the term ‘Lepcha’ is widely used without this connotation.

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