10,000 (Bradley 2007), decreasing. 2,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 15,000 (Bradley 2007).
West central Sichuan Province, Kangbo (Kangding) and Jiulong (Gyaisi), Ganzi (Garzê) Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Simian (Shimian) county, Ya’an district.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Tibetan.
Eastern Muya, Western Muya. Dialects reportedly not mutually inherently intelligible. Loanwords from Tibetan and Chinese.
SOV; adjectives and number-classifier constructions follow noun heads; compounding; affixation; reduplication; consonant cluster onsets; tense-lax vowel distinction; nasalized vowels; tonal, 4 tones.
Consider themselves Tibetan. Proper Tibetan Wylie spelling: Minyag. Buddhist (Lamaist).