A language of China

Alternate Names
Bulang, K’ala, Kawa, Kontoi, Plang, Pula, Pulang

42,000 in China (2000 census). Population total all countries: 55,200.


Southwest Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Menghai county, Bulangshan, Bada, Xiding, and Daluo districts; Jinghong county, Damengnong district.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Blang.


Kem Degne, Phang. In Thailand, the group from Mae Sai came from Sipsongpanna, Yunnan, China, stayed in Myanmar for a while, and have been in Thailand since 1974. 6 to 10 dialects represented in one refugee village in Thailand. Samtao [stu] of Myanmar and China is not intelligible with Plang, but is closely related to Plang and Wa [wbm].


SVO; modifiers follow noun heads; voiceless nasal initials; singular-dual-plural pronoun distinction; rich in morphophonemic processes; tonal, 4 tones.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Lü [khb], Mandarin Chinese [cmn], Vo Wa [wbm]. Used as L2 by Lahu [lhu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 77% (2000 census). Grammar. Bible portions.

Latin script [Latn]. Tai Le script [Tale], used in Dehong and Lincang, Yunnan, China. Tai Tham (Lanna) script [Lana], used in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China. Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Buddhist (Hinayana), Christian.

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