The talk on the origin of Dzongkha language in Bhutan was delivered by Professor George van Driem, the Director of the Linguistic Institute of Bern University Switzerland on August 11th, 2012 at Paro College of Education.
During the talk Dr. George pointed out that “Dzongkha language has its foundation from one of the two greatest language families of the world, the Trans-Himalayan Linguistic phylum or Tibetan-Burman language family”. He added that “Bhutanese language is at the heart of trans-Himalayan language”. The talk also covered the hidden significant, structural beauty, and sophisticated aspect of the Dzongkha language from the linguistic point of view.
The Dzongkha is literally the language of Fortress where military and ecclesiastic strongly hold language spoken in the Dzong as the official language. It is spoken already in western Bhutan long before the Zhabdrung’s arrival in 1616. According to the Professor, there are nineteen languages in different locations of Bhutan which are all intricate, special and unique.
The professor was accompanied by the Secretary of Dzongkha Development Commission, Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen. More than 150 student teachers including the Director and faculty members of Paro College of Education attended the talk.
The talk was organized by Mr. Rinchen Dorji, the Dean of Research and Industrial Linkage, Paro College of Education.