19,000 (1999). 6,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 28,000 (2000 census).
Yunnan province: Lanping, Lijiang, Weixi, and Yongsheng counties; Ninglang county, Xinyingpan district.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Pumi.
SOV; adjectives and numbers follow noun heads; uvular obstruents; initial s + consonant clusters; different vowels from N. Pumi; tonal, 2 tones.