A language of China
ISO 639-3: blr
China (1990 J-O Svantesson). Population total all countries: 37,200.
Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, and the
Simao and Lincang regions. Most live in Menghai and Shuangjiang
counties. Some are scattered, living among Va (Wa). May also be in
Laos. Also spoken in Myanmar, Thailand.
Pulang, Pula, Plang, Kawa, K'ala, Kontoi
Kem Degne. Dialects listed may be separate languages. Chinese
sources list two dialects: Bulang (Blang Proper), and Awa (A'erwa).
It is not known how these relate to the dialects listed above. Close
to Wa. In Thailand, the group from Mae Sai came from Sipsongpanna,
Yunnan, China, stayed in Myanmar for a while, and have been in
Thailand since 1974. There are 6 to 10 dialects represented in one
refugee village in Thailand. Samtao of Myanmar and China is not
intelligible with Blang, but is closely related to Blang and Wa.
Mon-Khmer, Northern Mon-Khmer, Palaungic, Western Palaungic, Waic,
All domains. All ages. Positive language attitude. Dai, Wa, and
Chinese are in common use.
alphabetic scripts used: 'Totham' in the Xishuangbanna area and 'Tolek'
from Dehong to Lincang. Grammar.
the Bulang nationality. The nationality includes Blang, Lawa, and
Angkuic languages, Puman, U, and 3 to 7 others. SVO; modifiers
follow noun heads; voiceless nasal initials; singular-dual-plural
pronoun distinction; rich in morphophonemic processes; tonal, 4
tones. Mountain slope, foothills, valleys. 1,500 meters and over.
Agriculturalists. Buddhist (Hinayana), Christian.