Bolyu

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Baliu, Lai, Lailai, Paliu, Palju, Palyu, Polyu
Population

500 (Bradley 2007). Ethnic population: 1,770 (Bradley 2007).

Location

Far west Guangxi on the Guizhou and Yunnan borders, Xilin and Longlin counties, in 2 groups. Possibly in Yunnan.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund). Language of recognized nationality: Gelao.

Dialects

None known. May be similar to Bugan [bbh], which is the nearest Mon-Khmer language geographically.

Typology

SVO; modifiers follow heads; grammatical relations marked mainly by word order and particles; reported to have long and half long versus short vowel distinction; uvular stops; 6 tone categories in unchecked syllables plus 5 in checked syllables. Shows similarities to Kadai languages.

Other Comments

Ethnonym: Lai in Chinese. Traditional religion.