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Mauphu

Audio recordings: Andrew Hsiu. (2017). Mauphu audio word list. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1123355
Word list in Mondzish lexical database (2017)

Recorded on May 6, 2015.

"Mauphu" (autonym: mau²¹pʰu³⁵) is spoken by only about 20 speakers in the single village of Dagulu 大咕噜, Guangnan County, Yunnan, China. Middle-aged speakers remember a few phrases.

My informant was Dai Baizhi 代柏芝 (born May 30, 1947; 68 years old), who used to be a schoolteacher.

Mauphu and Motang have different phrases for 'eat rice'.
  • zei21 sei33 (Mauphu)
  • haŋ33 tsu33 (Motang)
Mauphu has some words beginning with ts- where other Mondzish languages have s- instead, suggesting that Proto-Lolo-Burmese *ts- > s was an innovation that spread after Mondzish diversified, but did not originate in Proto-Mondzish.

Mauphu and Motang are closely related languages, and form a group (or pair) within Mondzish.
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