Pa Na language

Pa Na (Chinese: 巴那语; pinyin: Bānàyǔ; autonym: pa53 na313) is a Hmongic language spoken by about 1,000 people in Shangpai (上排), Zhongpai (中排), and Xiapai (下排) of Chengbu County, and Huangshuangping (黄双坪), Suining County in Hunan, China. It is also called "Red Miao." Yoshihisa Taguchi (2012)[1] considers Pa Na to be most closely related to She and Jiongnai.

Pa Na
Native toChina
Native speakers
(1,000 cited 1993)[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Yoshihisa Taguchi (2001) covers the Xiapai (下排) dialect of Pa Na.


According to the Suining County Gazetteer (1997:657), in Suining County, Pa Na (坝哪话, autonym: pᴀ25 nᴀ22 tɕi45; exonym: known as Zhaishanghua 寨上话 by the locals), is spoken by no more than 3,000 people in Tanni (潭泥), Moshi (磨石), Chiban (赤板), Jiexi (界溪), Shangbao (上堡), and other villages, all located in the southern part of Huangshuangping Township (黄双坪乡).

Taguchi (2001: 83) reports that Pana is spoken by about 1,100 people in the following five villages of Yanzhai Township (岩寨乡), Chengbu County, Hunan.

  • Shangpai (上排村)
  • Xiapai (下排村)
  • Desheng (得胜村)
  • Liuma (六马村)
  • Changxing (长兴村)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Taguchi, Yoshihisa (2012). On the Phylogeny of the Hmong-Mien languages. Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics 2012 (PowerPoint presentation). Archived from the original (PPTX) on 2016-03-03.
  • Pa Na numbers at
  • Chen, Qiguang 陈其光 (2001). "Bānàyǔ gàikuàng" 巴那语概况 [A Brief Introduction of Bana Language]. Mínzú yǔwén 民族语文 (in Chinese). 2001 (2): 69–80.
  • Taguchi, Yoshihisa (2001). "A Vocabulary of Pana". In Tsonoda, Tasaku (ed.). Basic Materials in Minority Languages 2001. Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim (ELPR) Publication Series B001.