Muji language

Native to China
Native speakers
55,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
ymc  Southern Muji
ymq  Qila Muji
ymx  Northern Muji (Bokha)
ybk  Bokha (Black Muji)
ypm  Phuma (Black Muji)
Glottolog core1246[2]

Muji, or Bokha, 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 the following 3 villages (Pelkey 2011:166).

  • Qila 期腊,[3] 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 Chau Province, Vietnam


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


  1. Southern Muji at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
    Qila Muji at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
    Northern Muji (Bokha) at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Core Muji". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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