Kuamasi language

Native to China
Region Yunnan
Native speakers
1,000 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 yku
Glottolog kuam1234[2]

Kuamasi (kʰua˧ma˧sɨ˥; Chinese: 跨玛斯话; Songping Yi 松坪彝) is a recently discovered Loloish language of Heqing County, Yunnan, China. They are known by the Kua-nsi as kʰua˧ma˧sɨ˥. The Kuamasi are found in Matang 麻塘,[3] Songping Village 松坪村, Liuhe Township 六合乡, Heqing County (Castro, et al. 2010).[4] A Loloish language spoken in Daying Village 大营村,[5] Songgui Town 松桂镇 is also likely closely related to Kuamasi (Castro 2010:23).


  1. Kuamasi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kuamasi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. http://www.ynszxc.gov.cn/villagePage/vIndex.aspx?departmentid=132341
  4. Andy Castro, Brian Crook, Royce Flaming. 2010. A sociolinguistic survey of Kua-nsi and related Yi varieties in Heqing county, Yunnan province, China. SIL International.
  5. http://www.ynszxc.gov.cn/villagePage/vIndex.aspx?departmentid=114838

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