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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 November 2021

Katia Chirkova
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l’Asie Orientale & Nankai University, School of Literature
Tanja Kocjančič Antolík
Charles University, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Phonetics
Angélique Amelot
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie


The Baima language (/pêkê/, Chinese 白马语 báimăyŭ, ISO-639 code bqh) is a little-studied Tibeto-Burman (Bodic or Himalayish) language spoken in the southwestern part of the People’s Republic of China. Approximately 10,000 people, who traditionally reside in three counties in Sichuan Province (Pingwu 平武, Songpan 松潘 (in Written Tibetan, hereafter WT, zung chu), and Jiuzhaigou 九寨沟 (WT gzi rtsa sde dgu), and in one county in Gansu Province (Wenxian 文县), speak the Baima language (see Sichuan Sheng Minzu Yanjiusuo 1980, Zeng & Xiao 1987), see Figure 1.1 The largest concentrations of Baima speakers are in Baima Township (白马乡, Baima /tôpû/) of Pingwu County, and in Tielou Township (铁楼乡) of Wenxian County.

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