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Bai Coca

Source: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Ecuador Field Office

It belongs to the Sino-Tibetan family. Bai is mainly a spoken language, but there exists a small amount of traditional literature written with Chinese characters, as well as a number of recent publications printed with a recently standardized system of romanisation. Some of the oldest, most basic vocabulary resembles forms of Chinese reflecting phonological developments well over 2,000 years old, and several scholars have suggested that Baip may be a very early off-shoot of Sinitic languages.


Native Name

Total Speakers
1 240 000 (2003)

Usage By Country

It is spoken in China primarily in Yunnan province, by the Bai, one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China.