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A language of China

ISO 639-3: mvm

Population 13,000 (2000 Sun Hongkai). About 2,000 are monolingual.
Region West central Sichuan, Kangbo (Kangding) and Jiulong (Gyaisi) in the Ganzi (GarzĂȘ) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and Simian (Shimian) County in the Ya'an District.
Alternate names   Miyao, Minyak, Manyak
Dialects Eastern Muya, Western Muya. The 'dialects' listed are reported to not be inherently intelligible to each other's speakers.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Tangut-Qiang, Qiangic
Language use All domains. Eastern Muya: all ages. Used mainly among older adults, moderately use among adults, used half the time by young people, sometimes by children. Indifferent language attitude. About 7,000 also speak Chinese, 3,000 also speak Khams Tibetan. In the west they tend to be more fluent in Tibetan, in the east in Chinese.
Language development Dictionary. Grammar.
Comments Part of the Tibetan nationality. 'Muyak' may be an alternate name. Speakers belong to the Tibetan nationality. SOV; adjectives and number-classifier constructions follow noun heads; compounding; affixation; reduplication; consonant cluster onsets; tense-lax vowel distinction; nasalized vowels; tonal, 4 tones. Mountain slope. 3,000 meters. Animal husbandry: pigs, chickens, sheep, cattle; agriculturalists. Lamaist, traditional religion.