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The Himalayan region is characterized by considerable linguistic diversity and multilingualism as well. Language communities of the Himalayas include the Indo-European language family, the Dravidian language family, the Tibeto-Burman language family, the Austro-Asiatic language family, as well as some language isolates. The languages of the rituals (Sanskrit, Tibetan) are usually well developed and documented, and some of the more widely used languages such as Nepali, Burmese, etc., also have detailed dictionaries. Classical literature is available in the language of the rituals, and neo-classical and modern literature in the more dominant languages in use. Long contact between the different languages have also caused linguistic borrowing and change and the languages as they exist today and the literature of the current times is a reflection of the migration patterns, patterns of dominance-submission among communities, social structures and trade relations.


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