Bai, Lama

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Lama, Lan-Bi Bai, Nama, Northern Bai
Population

60,000 (1995).

Location

Yunnan Province, Nujiang Lisu autonomous prefecture, Lanping Bai Pumi autonomous county, Hexi district, Lajing township, in the mountains on both banks of the Lancang river. Also in Diqing Tibetan autonomous prefecture.

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Language Status

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

Typology

SVO.

Other Comments

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