Bai, Panyi

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Bijiang Bai, Lan-Bi Bai, Leme, Lemo, Northern Bai, Panyi
Population

12,000 (2005).

Location

Yunnan Province, Nujiang prefecture, Lushui county, Luobenzhuo Bai autonomous district, Gudeng, Chenggan, and Shangjiang districts, Liuku and Pianma townships; Baoshan Municipality, Mangkuan township; Pu’er Municipality.

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Language Status

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

Dialects

Da-E, Yu-Teu.

Typology

SOV.

Other Comments

Classification difficult due to heavy borrowing (60%–70%) from Chinese and influence from Lisu [lis]. Northern Bai comprises two separate languages, Panyi and Lama [lay]. Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian, Daoist.