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This is the introductory chapter of the book A Grammar of Lepcha, which is a descriptive study of the Lepcha language. The data for the study were collected during several pleasant sojourns amongst the cheerful Lepcha people in Kalimpong and Sikkim between 1994 and 1998. The study investigates the history and origins of old Lepcha texts. The results of this investigation have appeared in the form of a catalogue describing the unique collection of Lepcha manuscripts kept in Leiden, the world's largest collection of Lepcha texts. This catalogue also contains an introduction to Lepcha literary history and a survey of the smaller collections of Lepcha manuscripts in London, Gangtok and Vienna.

Keywords: A Grammar of Lepcha; Kalimpong; Lepcha language; Sikkim

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