Phana’ language

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Bana, Pana
Native to Laos, China
Native speakers
350 (1995 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 phq
Glottolog phan1254[2]

Phana’ (autonym: pa55 na33[3]; also called Bana or Pana) is a Loloish language of Laos and China. Phana' is spoken by 500 people in Laos. In China, it is spoken in Mengla County, Yunnan Province (Bradley 2007). It is closely related to Sila, which is spoken by 2,000 people in Laos and Vietnam (Bradley 1997). Badenoch reports that it is similar to vɛ33 ɲɯ33 (Ban Ban Sida).[3]

Phana' is spoken in three villages in Laos (Ethnologue).

Bradley (2007) reports a population of about 1,000 for Phana'.[4]

Lefèvre-Pontalis (1892)[5] reports the presence of Phana in Poufang, Lai Chau province, Vietnam, and provides a word list for Phana as well.


Phana' (Bana) numerals are as follows.[3]

  1. tʰɯ21
  2. ŋɛ21
  3. sy55
  4. li21
  5. ŋɔ21
  6. kʰʲõ21
  7. ɕĩ21
  8. ɛ̃21
  9. kø21
  10. tsʰɤ55


  1. ^ Phana’ at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Phana'". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ a b c
  4. ^ Bradley, David. 2007. East and Southeast Asia. In Moseley, Christopher (ed.), Encyclopedia of the World's Endangered Languages, 349-424. London & New York: Routledge.
  5. ^ Lefèvre-Pontalis, Pierre. 1892. Notes sur quelques populations du nord de l'Indo-Chine [Notes on some populations of northern Indo-China]. Journal Asiatique 19, 8, 8. 237-269, 129-154, 291-303.

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