Wa, Vo


A language of China

Alternate Names
Ban, Kawa, K’awa, La, Pan, Pinyin, Pun, Va, Vo, Wa Pwi, Wakut

40,000 in China (Zhou Zhizhi, Qixiang Yan, and Guoqing Chen 2004). Population total all countries: 40,700. Many monolinguals.


Southwest Yunnan Province, Lincang prefecture, Yongde and Zhenkang counties; Simao prefecture, Lancang Lahu autonomous county.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality: Wa.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Lahu [lhu], Lü [khb], Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Used as L2 by Blang [blr], Lahu [lhu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 76% in any language (2000 census, Va nationality). NT: 1938.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian.

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