Zaiwa language

Not to be confused with Atsi dialect of Fang.
Native to China, Burma
Native speakers
110,000 (1997–1999)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 atb
Glottolog zaiw1241[2]

Zaiwa (autonym: tsau˧˩va˥˩; Tsaiwa, Tsaiva, 载瓦) is a language spoken in parts of China and Burma. There are around 100,000 speakers. It is also known as Atsi, its name in Jingpo. Zaiwa is a member of the Burmish languages. Pela (Bola), 400 speakers, was once classified as a dialect.


There are more than 70,000 Zaiwa speakers in Yunnan, China, including in:[3]

The Ethnologue lists Bengwa, Longzhun, and Tingzhu as dialects.


  1. Zaiwa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Zaiwa". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Xu Xijian 徐悉艰, Xu Guizhen 徐桂珍. Jingpozu Zaiwayu Jianzhi 景颇族载瓦语简志.
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