Belongs to the Qiangic language group.
Once spoken by more than 100,000 people, now
there are only about 10,000 active speakers and
the number is dwindling.
Eastern dialect spoken in Xianfeng, Xieluo and
Xinmin townships of Shimian County and Shabu
and Hongba townships of Jiulong County.
Western dialect spoken in Tanggu Township in
Zhusang Township in Yajiang
County, and Shade, Gonggashan, Pusarong,
and Pengbuxi townships of Kangding county.