|Native to||People's Republic of China|
pmi – Northern Pumi
pmj – Southern Pumi
The Pumi language (also known as Prinmi) is a Qiangic language used by the Pumi people, an ethnic group from Yunnan, China, as well as by the Tibetan people of Muli in Sichuan, China. Most native speakers live in Lanping, Ninglang, Lijiang, Weixi and Muli. Earlier works suggest there are two branches of Pumi (southern and northern), and they are not mutually intelligible. A more refined division proposes three major groups: Western Prinmi (spoken in Lanping), Central Prinmi (spoken in southwestern Ninglang, Lijiang, Yulong and Yongsheng) and Northern Prinmi (spoken in northern Ninglang and Sichuan).
In Muli Bonist priests read religious texts in Tibetan, which needs to be interpreted into Prinmi. An attempt to teach Pumi children to write their language using the Tibetan script has been seen in Ninglang. A pinyin-based Roman script has been proposed, but is not commonly used.
Dialects of Pumi include the following (Pumiyu Fangyan Yanjiu 2001).
- Southern (22,000 speakers)
- Northern (55,000 speakers)
| Tèr gwéjè dzwán thèr phxèungphxàr sì.
Timitae llìnggwe zreungzrun stìng.
| He has broken several hammers.|
This man is crying and shouting all the time.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pumi writing.|
- Northern Pumi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Southern Pumi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
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- Pumiyu Fangyan Yanjiu 2001.
- Ding, Picus. 2014
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