Bugan

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Bengan, Bogan, Bugeng, Hualo, Huazu, Pukan, Puqeng
Population

2,700 (Yunbin 2005).

Location

Southeast Yunnan Province, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao autonomous prefecture, Guangnan and Xichou counties, South Guangnan Nasa township, 4 Bugan villages: Laowalong, Xinwalong, Xinpingzhai, and Nala; Guangnan county, Zhuanjiao district, 2 Bugan villages: Jiuping, Shibeipo; Northern Yanshan county, Jijie district, Manlong and 6 other villages.

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Language Status

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

Dialects

None known. Very minor accent differences between villages.

Typology

Prenasalized and plain stop and affricate initials; tense and lax vowel contrast; nasal and stop variation word final; tone sandhi, 6 tones.

Language Use

Vigorous. All ethnic Bugan speak Bugan. All ages. Some middle aged and older people and children who have not attended school do not understand local Chinese or Mandarin [cmn] but many adults speak some local Chinese. Also use Chuanqiandian Cluster Miao [cqd], Nong Zhuang [zhn].

Other Comments

Language and culture are very different from the surrounding Yi nationality groups. They maintain their own festivals and are endogamous. Ethnonyms: Hualuo and Huazu, multi-colored tribe, are used by surrounding Han, Zhuang and other groups and are due to traditional costumes worn by women. Traditional religion.