||240 in China (Xu 2005). No monolinguals. Population total all countries: 1,240. Ethnic population: 240.
||Southwest Yunan Province, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Menghai County, Mengzhe village; Simao Prefecture, Lancang Lahu Autonomous County, Zhutang, Laba, Donglang, and Fubang villages; Meglian Dai, Lahu, and Va autonomous counties, Jingxin, Fuyan, and Nanya villages; parts of Ximeng Va Autonomous County. Possibly also in Laos. Also in Myanmar, Thailand.
||Misu, Mibisu, Mbi, Laopin, Lawa, Lua, Pin
||Lanmeng, Huaipa, Dakao. Similar to Mpi [mpz], Pyen [pyy], Phunoi [pho]. Some dialect differences based on Dai [dij] versus Lahu [lhu] loanwords. Lexical similarity: 36% with Hani [hni], 32% with Lahu, 31% with Lisu [lis].
||Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Burmic, Ngwi, Southern
||Shifting to Lahu or Lu [khb]. Home, village. Positive attitude. Most also use Lu [khb], Lahu [lhu], or Chinese. 10% can speak all of those and Hani [hni].
||Literacy rate in L2: 70%. Grammar.
||Some classified as Hani nationality, others classified as ‘Nationality Not Yet Determined’. Some view Bisu as an important link to their culture and hope to preserve it. SVO; simple syllable structure; certain obstruent onsets may be prenasalized, aspirated, or palatalized, but otherwise no consonant clusters; syllables may be closed by stop or nasal; 3 tones, tone sandhi; words have 1 or 2 syllables; modifiers follow heads; loanwords from Dai and Chinese. Agriculturalists. Traditional religion.