Native toChina
Native speakers
63,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
yhl – Hlepho Phowa
ypb – Labo Phowa
ypn – Ani Phowa
Glottologhlep1236  Hlepho Phowa
anil1235  Ani-Labo

Phowa is a dialect cluster of Loloish languages spoken by the Phula people of China. There are three principal varieties, Hlepho, Ani, and Labo, which may be considered distinct languages. Hlepho may be closer to Phukha than it is to Labo and Ani. Usage is decreasing, with about two-thirds of Phowa speaking their language.

The representative Hlepho Phowa dialect studied in Pelkey (2011) is that of Feizuke 菲租克, Xinhua Township 新华乡, Pingbian County.


  1. ^ Hlepho Phowa at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
    Labo Phowa at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
    Ani Phowa at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)