57,800 (1999), decreasing. No monolinguals. 14,000 Mawo dialect, 14,000 Weigu dialect, 11,000 Luhua dialect, 8,000 Cimulin dialect, and 9,000 Yadu dialect. 130,000 total for Northern and Southern Qiang languages, including 80,000 as Qiang nationality and 50,000 as Tibetan nationality (1990 J-O. Svantesson). Ethnic population: 306,000 (2000 census).
North central Sichuan Province, Mao, Songpan, Heishui, and Beichuan counties.
Cimulin, Luhua, Mawo, Weigu, Yadu.
SOV; more consonants than Southern Qiang; heavy phonemic inventory; consonant clusters in syllable onsets; nontonal
Officially classified within the Qiang and Tibetan nationalities in Heishui County. Buddhist (Lamaist), Daoist, traditional religion.