7,800 (Genxia Wengmu and Hu Shujin 2008), decreasing. Many young monolingual speakers in Zhaba and Zhamai districts. Most can speak the language (Bradley 2007). Ethnic population: 9,000 (Gong 2007).
Sichuan Province, Ganzi (Garzê) Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Yajiang (Nyagquka) county, Zhamai district; Daofu (Dawu) county, Zhaba district.
Verb-final; agglutinating; suffixes and prefixes, case-marking employs postpositions, case system nominative-accusative; tonal
Most use Chinese or Tibetan varieties even when they speak with other Zhaba people. Personal communication among themselves. All ages. Negative attitudes. Regarded as useless. Users strongly desire to learn/improve Chinese varieties.
Officially classified within Tibetan nationality. Different from Queyu [qvy]. Buddhist (Lamaist).