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Tibeto-Burman
Geographic
distribution:
Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia
Linguistic classification: Sino-Tibetan
  • Tibeto-Burman
Proto-language: Proto-Tibeto-Burman
Subdivisions:
Bodish, Burmo-Qiangic, Chepangic, Dura, Gongduk, Karenic, Lepcha, Lhokpu, Magaric, Mahakiranti, Mru, Newar, Nungish, Pyu, Raji–Raute, Sal, Tani (Miric), Tamangic, Tshangla, West Himalayish, Zakhring
"Naga": Meithei, Tangkhul, Ao, Angami–Pochuri, Zeme, Kukish
Unclassified TB: Tujia
Dubious as TB: Digaro, Hruso, Kho-Bwa, Miji, Midzu, Puroik, Siangic
ISO 639-5: tbq

The Tibeto-Burman family of languages (often considered a sub-group of the Sino-Tibetan language family) is spoken in various central and south Asian countries, including Myanmar (Burma), Tibet, northern Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, parts of central China (Guizhou, Hunan), northern parts of Nepal, north-eastern parts of Bangladesh, Bhutan, western Pakistan (Baltistan), and various regions of India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and both the Ladakh and Kargil regions of Jammu and Kashmir).

The subfamily includes approximately 350 languages; Burmese has the most speakers (approximately 32 million). Approximately 8 million Tibetans and related peoples speak one of several related Tibetan dialects or languages.

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