Wa, Vo

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Awa, Kawa, K’awa, Va, Vo, Wa Proper, Wa Pwi, Wakut
Population

40,000 (Zhou Zhizhi, Qixiang Yan, and Guoqing Chen 2004). Many monolinguals.

Location

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

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn], Lü [khb], or Lahu [lhu].

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

Officially classified within Va (Wa) nationality. Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian.