Purigi, Purki
Native toIndia, Pakistan
Native speakers
94,000 (2011 census)[1]
Perso-Arabic script
Tibetan script
Language codes
ISO 639-3prx

Purgi, Burig, Purki, Purik, Purigi or Puriki (Tibetan script: བོད་རིགས་སྐད།, Nastaʿlīq script: پُرگِی) is a Tibetic language closely related to the ladakhi-Balti language. Purgi is natively spoken by the Purigpa people in Ladakh region of India and Baltistan region of Pakistan.

Most of the Purigpas are Shia Muslims, although a significant number of them follow Noorbakhshi and Sunni Islam, and a small minority of Buddhists and Bön followers reside in areas like Fokar valley, Mulbekh, Wakha. Like the Baltis, they speak an archaic Tibetan dialect closely related to Balti and Ladakhi. Purki is more closely related to Balti than Ladakhi, so there are different opinions among linguists in considering Purki and Balti as different languages or simply different varieties of the same language.[2][3]



Labial Dental/
Retroflex Post-
Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Stop voiceless p t ʈ k q
aspirated ʈʰ
voiced b d ɖ ɡ
Affricate voiceless t͡s t͡ʃ
aspirated t͡sʰ t͡ʃʰ
voiced d͡z d͡ʒ
Fricative voiceless (f) s ʂ ʃ χ h
voiced z ʒ ʁ
lateral ɬ
Trill/Tap r ɽ
Approximant lateral l
central w j


Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e (ə) o
Open a


  1. ^ Purki at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ * N. Tournadre (2005) "L'aire linguistique tibétaine et ses divers dialectes." Lalies, 2005, n°25, p. 7–56 [1]
  3. ^ a b Zemp, Marius (2018). A Grammar of Purik Tibetan. BRILL. ISBN 978-90-04-36631-2.