Honi language

Not to be confused with Hani language.
Native to Southern China, Vietnam, Laos, Burma
Ethnicity Hani
Native speakers
140,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 how
Glottolog honi1244[2]

The Honi language, also known as Haoni, Baihong, Hao-Bai, or Ho, is a language of the Loloish (Yi) branch of the Tibeto-Burman linguistic group spoken in Yunnan, China. The Chinese government groups speakers of this language into the Hani nationality, one of China's 56 recognized nationalities and considers the language to be a dialect of the wider Hani languages. Honi itself is divided into two distinct dialects, Baihong and Haoni, which may be separate languages.


  1. Hani at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Honi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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