Excerpt from change request document:
Laomian is sometimes included in Bisu by Chinese linguists. Xu (2005:100) confirms this affiliation but notes that degrees of intelligibility vary between Thailand Bisu and Laomian speakers in different areas; in contrast, Xu reports that the related dialect Laopin shares ease of intelligibility with Bisu. Bradley (2002:106) recommends Laomian as a distinct language, and remarks (personal communication) that intelligibility between Bisu and Laomian is low in particular. Zhang (2004) also considers Laomian to be a distinct variety. Bradley recommends that Laopin (spoken by only 240 people in China) be considered a dialect of Thailand Bisu [bii] and Laomian be considered a distinct language [lwm]* closely related to Bisu [bii].