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A language of China

ISO 639-3pha

Population  26,800 in China (McConnell 1995). 10,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 32,370. Ethnic population: 26,815 in China.
Region  Guizhou Province, Liping, Congjiang counties; northeast Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Rongshui, Sanjiang, Longsheng, Rong’an, Lingui counties. Also in Viet Nam.
Language map  Southern China
Alternate names   Baheng, Bahengmai, Man Pa Seng, Meo Lai, Pa Hng, Pa Ngng, Pa Then, Paheng, Tóng
Classification  Hmong-Mien, Hmongic, Pa-hng
Language use  Vigorous. All domains. Positive attitude. Also use Hmong Njua [hnj], Dong [doc], Mandarin Chinese [cmn].
Language development  Grammar.
Comments  Part of Yao nationality. Official ethnic community in Viet Nam, although the variety spoken there may be a separate language. SVO; uvular onsets; no nasal-final syllables but has nasalized vowels. Agriculturalists. Daoist.

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Viet Nam

Language name   Pa-Hng
Population  5,570 in Viet Nam (1999 census).
Region  Tuyên Quang, Hà Giang provinces.
Language map  Northern Viet Nam, reference number 65
Alternate names  Baheng, Bahengmai, Pa Hng, Pà Hung, Pà Then, Paheng
Comments  An official ethnic community. Traditional religion.
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