A language of China

ISO 639-3: pha

Population 26,815 in China (1995 McConnell). 10,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 32,384. Ethnic population: 26,815 in China.
Region Guizhou Province (Liping and Congjiang counties), northeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (Rongshui, Sanjiang, Longsheng, Rong'an, and Lingui counties). Also spoken in Viet Nam.
Alternate names   Pa Hng, Pa Ngng, Paheng, Baheng, Bahengmai, Pa Then, Tng, Meo Lai, Man Pa Seng
Classification Hmong-Mien, Hmongic, Pa-hng
Language use Vigorous. All domains. Positive language attitude. Speakers also use Hmong, Dong, Chinese, Zhuang, or Dai.
Language development Grammar.
Comments Part of the Yao nationality. An official ethnic community in Viet Nam, although the variety spoken there may be a separate language. Those in Viet Nam may have migrated there from 13681644. SVO; uvular onsets; no nasal-final syllables but has nasalized vowels. Mountain slope. Forests. Agriculturalists. Daoist.

Also spoken in:
Viet Nam
Language name   Pa-Hng
Population 5,569 in Viet Nam (1999 census).
Region Tuyn Quang and H Giang provinces.
Alternate names   Pa Hng, Paheng, Baheng, Bahengmai, P Hung, P Then

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An official ethnic community in Viet Nam. Mountain slope. Traditional religion.