Bai, Northern

A language of China

ISO 639-3: bfc

Population 40,000 (2003).
Region Northwest Yunnan, Nujiang, and Lanping.
Alternate names   Bijang Bai
Dialects Nujiang, Lanping.
Classification Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Bai


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Part of the Bai nationality. Classification difficult because of heavy borrowing (60% to 70%) from Chinese. It is considered to be genetically related to Chinese, or a mixed language with Chinese, or related to Yi, or an independent branch of Tibeto-Burman. Polytheist, Buddhist, Daoist.