||86,000 (2005 Guangxi Language and Orthography Use Situation). Fewer than 10,000 monolinguals (including women and preschool children). Ethnic population: 210,000 (2000 census).
||North central Guizhou Province, Luocheng Mulam Autonomous County (90% in Dongmen and Siba communes), adjacent counties, Majiang and Kaili City.
Southern China, reference number 42
||Abo, Ayo, Kyam, Molao, Mulao, Mulao Miao, Muliao, Mulou
||Similar to Southern Dong [kmc]. Lexical similarity: 65% with Dong (probably Southern Dong).
||Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Kam-Sui
||Vigorous. Many Han Chinese and Zhuang also speak Mulam. All domains. Mainly older adults. Positive attitude. Written Chinese in common use. Also use various Chinese varieties or a Northern Zhuang language.
||Literacy rate in L2: 94%. Radio programs. Grammar.
||Classified as Mulao (Mulam) nationality. They live near the Han [haa], Dong [doc], Hmong Njua [hnj], and Iu Mien [ium]. They call themselves Mulam. Some around Luocheng call themselves Kyam. Different from the nearly extinct Ge-Yang Tai-Kadai language also called Mulao, previously spoken by Gelao nationality people in Guizhou. SVO; reduplication; aspirated, palatalized, labialized, voiceless nasal, lateral onsets; nasal and stop finals; many Chinese loans; 6 tone categories in unchecked syllables, 2 in checked (split into 4 according to vowel length). Agriculturalists: wet rice, maize; miners. Polytheist, Daoist, Buddhist.