Information from: “East and Southeast Asia” (349-424) . David Bradley (2007) , C. Moseley · London & New York: Routledge
40 percent certain, based on the evidence available
Spoken by the Lama or Laemae of the Bai Nationality.
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About 15,000 of 50,000 Lama speak this variety of Bai.
OTHER LANGUAGES USED BY THE COMMUNITY
LANGUAGE CONTEXT COMMENTS
Classified partly in Bai and partly in Lisu nationality; about 15,000 still speak a distinct language closely related to Bai, known as Lama in Lanping and Laemae (in Chinese, Lemei) in Luobenzhuo; others have assimilated and are simply a local clan within the Lisu in other areas, and speak only Lisu. Group population, including that submerged in the Lisu, is about 50,000; but people who identify as members of this group are far fewer, and speakers number only about 15,000, including most children in the core area of Luobenzhuo.
Lushui and Lanping counties, Nujiang Prefecture, Sichuan Province
This language is spoken northwest of the main Bai concentration.
Information from: “LL-MAP (Language and Location: A Map Accessibility Project)” . Anthony Aristar and Helen Aristar-Dry and Yichun Xie (2012)