Buyang, Baha

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Buyang, Buyang Zhuang, Guangnan Buyang, Western Buyang
Population

600 (Li 1997), decreasing.

Location

Yunnan province: Wenshan Zhuang-Miao autonomous prefecture, northern Guangnan county, Bada district, Anshe village; Dixu district, Yanglian village.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Zhuang.

Dialects

Yalang, Ecun, Langjia. Lexical similarity: 50% with Langnian Buyang [yln], 48% with E’ma Buyang [yzg], 46% with Yerong (Yalang Buyang) [yrn], 45% with Pubiao [laq], 41% with Laji (Lachi) [lbt], 40% with Lao [lao], 35% with Mulao [mlm], 32% with Lingao [onb], 28% with Northern Zhuang, 27% with Dong, 22% with Cun [cuq].

Typology

SVO; adjectives follow nouns; tonal, 6 tones (combining categories in checked and unchecked syllables).

Language Use

As of 1995, still used by all ages in Dixu district’s Yanglian village, but only older people can speak it in Bada district’s Anshe village. In Anshe, younger people shifted to Guibian Zhuang [zgn]. All also use Guibian Zhuang [zgn], especially adults. Some also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn], local Southwest Mandarin variety.

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.