Laze language

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Laze
Muli Shuitian
Pronunciation lɑ˧ze˧
Native to China
Region Sichuan
Native speakers
300 (2012)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog laze1238[2]

Laze, rendered in Chinese as Lare (拉热)[3] and Shuitianhua (水田话), is a language of the Naish subbranch of the Naic group of languages, spoken in Muli County, western Sichuan, China.

Laze is spoken by less than 300 fluent speakers in Xiangjiao township 项脚乡, Muli prefecture, Sichuan, China (Michaud & Jacques 2012).[1]

Name[edit]

The name Laze (IPA: [lɑ˧ze˧]) is likely to be a place name.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michaud, Alexis, and Guillaume Jacques. 2012. "The Phonology of Laze: Phonemic Analysis, Syllabic Inventory, and a Short Word List." Yuyanxue Luncong 语言学论丛 (45): 196–230.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Laze". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ a b Guo Dalie, and He Zhiwu. 1994. Naxizu Shi (A History of the Naxi People). Chongqing: Sichuan Minzu Chubanshe.

Further reading[edit]

Publications are available on:

  • an outline of Laze phonology, lexicon and grammar [1]
  • Laze phonemes: vowels, consonants, syllable structure [2]
  • the historical phonology of Laze, Na and Naxi [3]
  • the Laze tone system [4]

Recordings in Laze are available from the Pangloss Collection (an online archive of languages).[5]


  1. ^ 黄布凡. 2009. “木里水田话概况.” 汉藏语学报 3: 30–55 (Huang Bufan. 2009. “A Survey of Muli Shuitian (Muli Shuitianhua Gaikuang).” Journal of Sino-Tibetan Linguistics (Hanzangyu Xuebao) 3: 30–55.)
  2. ^ Michaud, Alexis, and Guillaume Jacques. 2012. “The Phonology of Laze: Phonemic Analysis, Syllabic Inventory, and a Short Word List.” Yuyanxue Luncong 语言学论丛 45: 196–230.
  3. ^ Jacques, Guillaume, and Alexis Michaud. 2011. "Approaching the historical phonology of three highly eroded Sino-Tibetan languages: Naxi, Na and Laze." Diachronica 28:468-498.
  4. ^ Michaud, Alexis. 2009. [hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00436463/en “The Prosodic System of Muli Shuitian (Laze) (Muli Shuitianhua Shengdiao Xitong Yanjiu 木里水田话声调系统研究).”] Minority Languages of China (Minzu Yuwen 民族语文) 6: 28–33.
  5. ^ Laze recordings in the Pangloss Collection