Pan Jin-yu

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Pan Jin-yu
Born Pan Jin-yu
(1914-07-21)July 21, 1914
Sukan daudun, Puli, Nantou, Taiwan
Died October 24, 2010(2010-10-24) (aged 96)
Puli Christian Hospital, Puli, Nantou, Taiwan[1]
Residence Puli, Nantou, Taichung, Taiwan
Nationality Taiwan
Education Nursing school
Height 156 cm (5.12 ft)

Pan Jin-yu (Chinese: 潘金玉, 21 July 1914 – 24 October 2010) was the last remaining speaker of the Pazeh language of Taiwan. She was born the fifth of six children in 1914 to Kaxabu parents in Puli. Later, she was adopted by parents who were Pazeh speakers living in Auran village (Taiwanese: Ailan), which is now part of Puli township.[2] She was said to be fully fluent in the language, despite being the only remaining speaker.[3] However, Taiwanese Hokkien was the living language she spoke generally. She taught Pazeh classes to about 200 regular students in Puli and there were also classes with fewer students in Miaoli and Taichung.[4]


  1. ^ Li, Ren-gui.( 李壬癸),/Academician of the Academia Sinica (Taipei) (中央研究院院士(台北市),"下一個消失的語言是? (Which language will be extinct next in Taiwan?)"[1], United Daily News,2010.10.29/01:39am. (in Chinese)
  2. ^ Blust, Robert. 1999. Notes on Pazeh Phonology and Morphology. Oceanic Linguistics, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Dec., 1999), pp. 321-365.
  3. ^ Blust, Robert (1999). "Notes on Pazeh Phonology and Morphology". Oceanic Linguistics. 38 (2): 321–365. doi:10.1353/ol.1999.0002. 
  4. ^ Loa, Iok-sin (2008-06-26). "Pazeh poets honored at ceremony". Taipei Times: 4. 

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