45,000 (Shearer and Sun 2002). sTau: 23,000, Geshitsa: 21,000, Nyagrong-Minyak: 1,000. 15,000 monolinguals.
Sichuan province: Ganzi (Garzê) Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Danba (Rong-brag), Daofu (rTau, sTau, Dawu), Luhuo, Xinlong (Brag-’go), and Xinlong (Nyagrong) counties.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Tibetan.
sTau (Daofu, Dawu, rTau), Geshitsa (Geshiza), Nyagrong-Minyag (Xinlong-Muya). The dialects of Horpa reportedly are not mutually intelligible.
SOV; adjectives and number-classifier constructions follow noun heads; affixation; compounding; reduplication; complex consonant cluster onsets; nontonal.