47,000 (2010 SIL). Ethnic population: 47,000.
Sichuan and Yunnan provinces border area near Lugu lake, Ninglang Yi autonomous county, Muli Tibetan autonomous county and Yanuyuan county.
SOV; prolific compounding; some prefixing; noun classes; noun heads NP; some vowel harmony; approx 38 Cs, 14 Vs, including some nasalised vowels; tonal
Yunnan Province speakers officially classified within Naxi nationality group; Sichuan Province speakers officially classified within the Mongolian nationality group. Buddhist, traditional religion, Christian.