Chashan language

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Native toChina
Native speakers
587 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3(included in lsi)

Chashan 茶山 (autonym: ŋɔ31 tʃʰaŋ55) is a Burmish language spoken in Pianma Township 片马镇, Lushui County, Yunnan, China, in Xiapianma 下片马,[2] Gangfang 岗房,[3] and Gulang 古浪[4] villages (Dai, et al. 2009).[5] It is closely related to Lashi, and has 56.3% lexical similarity with Lashi of Lushui County out of a sample of 1,000 vocabulary words (Dai 2010:118).

In Pianma Township, there are 587 Chashan people officially classified as ethnic Lisu. The local people consider the Chashan to be a distinct ethnic group, separate from the Jingpo people (Chinese: 景颇族). The Chashan autonym is ŋɔ˧˩ tʃʰaŋ˥ (Echang 峨昌), similar to that of the Achang. More Chashan speakers may be found across the border in Kachin State, Burma.


  1. ^ Dai Qingxia [戴庆厦] (2010). The Chashan people of Pianma and their language [片马茶山人及其语言]. Beijing: The Commercial Press [商务印书馆].
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  5. ^ 片马茶山人和谐的多语生活
  • 戴 Dai, 庆厦 Qingxia; et al. (2010). 片马茶山人及其语言 Pianma Chashanren ji qi yuyan [The Chashan nationality and their language of Pianma] (in Chinese). Beijing: 商务印书馆 Shangwu yinshuguan. ISBN 9787100069069.