Muji language

Native toChina
Native speakers
55,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
ymc – Southern Muji
ymq – Qila Muji
ymx – Northern Muji (Bokha)
ybk – Bokha (Black Muji)
ypm – Phuma (Black Muji)

Muji is a Loloish language cluster spoken by the Phula people of China. It is one of several such languages to go by the name Muji. Muji varieties are Northern Muji, Qila Muji, Southern Muji, and Bokha–Phuma (Pelkey 2011).

The representative Southern Muji dialect studied in Pelkey (2011) is that of Pujiazhai 普家寨, Adebo Township 阿德博乡, Jinping County.

Qila Muji is spoken in the following 3 villages (Pelkey 2011:166).

  • Qila 期腊,[2] Laojizhai Township 老集寨乡, southern Jinping County, China
  • Wantan, Jinshuihe Township 金水河镇, southern Jinping County, China
  • Muong Gong, northwestern Lai Châu Province, Vietnam


Qila dialect has velar lateral affricates /kʰ, k, ɡʟ̝/ (Pelkey 2011: 243).


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