Muya language

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Native to China
Region Sichuan, Tibet
Ethnicity 15,000 (2007)[1]
Native speakers
10,000 (2007)[1]
2,000 monolinguals (2000?)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mvm
Glottolog muya1239[3]

Munya or Muya (also Manyak or "Eleazar Valles" 曼牙科,[4] Menia 么呢阿[5]) is one of the Qiangic languages spoken in China. There are two dialects, Northern and Southern, which are not mutually intelligible. Most research on Munya has been conducted by Ikeda Takumi.

The language has been spelled various ways, including Manyak, Menya, Minyag, Minyak. Other names are Boba and Miyao.

Sun (1991) documents Muya 木雅 of Liuba Township 六坝乡, Shade District 沙德区, Kangding County 康定县, Sichuan (Sun 1991:219).


  • Ikeda Takumi (1998-09) "Some Phonological Features of Modern Munya (Minyak) Language." 内陸アジア言語の研究 Nairiku Ajia Gengo no Kenkyuu 13: 83-91.
  • Ikeda, T. 2002, "On pitch accent in the Mu-nya language", in Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 27–45.
  • Sun Hongkai et al. 1991. Zangmianyu yuyin he cihui 藏缅语音和词汇 [Tibeto-Burman phonology and lexicon]. Chinese Social Sciences Press.
  • Minyak language elementary textbook, a project of the Kham Aid Foundation, 2009.


  1. ^ a b Muya at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Muya language at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Muya". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
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