Phukha language

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Native to China, Vietnam
Native speakers
10,0000  (2008–2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 phh
Glottolog phuk1235[2]
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Phukha is one of the Loloish languages spoken by the Phula people of Vietnam and China.[3]



Phukha has the following consonants.[4]

Labial Coronal Retroflex Palatal Velar Uvular
Central Lateral
Stops Aspirated
Voiceless p t k
Voiced b d ɡ
Affricates Aspirated tsʰ tɬʰ tʂʰ tʃʰ
Voiceless ts
Fricatives Voiceless f s ɬ ʂ ʃ χ
Voiced v z ɮ ʐ ʒ ʁ
Voiced laryngealized v* z* ʒ*
Nasals m n ŋ
Approximants w l j


Phukha has the following vowels.[4]

front central back
High i ɨ ɯ u
Hi-Mid e ə o
Lo-Mid ɛ ʌ ɔ
Low a


Phukha has five tones:[4] high /˥/, mid /˧/, low /˨/, low-rising /˨˦/, and low-falling /˨˩/.


  1. ^ Phukha at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Phukha". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  4. ^ a b c Pelkey 2005.


  • Robert Wayne Fried. 2000. "A Preliminary Phonological Sketch of Phu-kha, a Tibeto-Burman Language Spoken in Northern Vietnam," University of Texas at Arlington MA thesis.
  • Jamin R. Pelkey. 2005. "Puzzling over Phula: Toward the Synthesis and Statement of a Sub-Branch," Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 28/2:41-78.