A language of China

Alternate Names
Bela, Bola, Bula, Pala, Polo

400 (2000 D. Bradley). Ethnic population: 1,000 (2001 J. Edmondson).


Yunnan Province, Dehong prefecture, Luxi county, Santaishan township; Yingjiang and Lianghe counties. Maybe also Myanmar.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting). Language of recognized nationality: Jingpo.


Reportedly similar to Zaiwa [atb]. Considered by some a Zaiwa dialect.


SOV; only voiceless affricates and stops; no consonant clusters; palatalized and nonpalatalized series of labials and velars; nasal and stop codas; tense-lax and nasal unnasalized vowels; Chinese, Jingpo, Dai, and Burmese loans; tonal, 4 tones, tone sandhi.

Language Use

Home. Used by half the children. Neutral attitudes. All are multilingual, speaking other languages from within the cluster natively, as well as some Chinese and a local Tai language (Bradley 2007).

Other Comments

Live among the Jingpo majority and wear Jingpo clothing. They regard themselves as different from Zaiwa and Jingpo and have different traditions. Traditional religion.