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


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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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