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A language of Viet Nam

ISO 639-3laq

Population  307 in Viet Nam (2002 J. Edmondson). Population total all countries: 310.
Region  Hà Giang Province, Viet Nam-Yunnan-Kwangsi border, upper Clear River valley, Dunshi, Pugao, Pula, Pubang, Manong; Yên Minh and Mèo Vac districts; Dông Van District, Phô Là and Sung Chang villages. Also in China.
Language map  Northern Viet Nam, reference number 70
Alternate names   Bendi Lolo, Ka Bao, Ka Biao, Laqua, Lolo, Pen Ti, Pu Péo, Pubiao, Pupeo
Dialects  Lexical similarity: 38% with Gelao, 33% with Lachi [lbt], 30% with Northern Zhuang [ccx], 29% with Dong [doh], 23% with Laka, 26% with Hlai, 10% with Hmong, 7% with Iu Mien [ium].
Classification  Tai-Kadai, Kadai, Yang-Biao
Comments  An official ethnic community. Traditional religion.

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Language name   Qabiao
Population  Few elderly speakers. Ethnic population: 400.
Region  Yunnan Province, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Malipo County, Tiechang, Matong, Punong, Pucha, and Pufeng towns.
Language map  Southwestern China
Alternate names  Ka Bao, Ka Biao, Kabeo, Laqua, Pu Péo, Pubiao, Pupeo
Language use  Neutral attitude. Most also use Southwestern Mandarin. Those at Pialong also use Nong Zhuang [zhn]. Those near Matong also use Hmong Djua [hnj].
Comments  Classified as Yi nationality. Qa Biau (Ka Biao) or Qa Qiau is their name for themselves, Pubiao is their name in Chinese.
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