A language of China

Alternate Names
Ban Yao, Da Ia, Daban Yao, Eastern Buyang, Guangxi Buyang, Ia Hrong, Iron Yao, Khyung Buyang, Liu Yao, Napo Buyang, Six Yao, Tie Yao, Tu Yao Indigenous Yao, Yalang, Yang Khyung, Yerong Buyang

380 (2000).


West Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Baise prefecture, Napo county, on the Yunnan Province and Viet Nam border; Longhe district, Rongtun and Gonghe villages; Pohe district, Shanhe, Yong’an and Guoba.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Yerong is closely related to, but not mutually intelligible of, the 3 Buyang languages. May be most similar to En [enc] of Northern Viet Nam. Lexical similarity: 67% with Langnian Buyang [yln], 63% with E’ma Buyang [yzg], and 46% with Baha Buyang [yha].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home. All ages. Some also use Yang Zhuang [zyg] or Guibian Zhuang [zgn]. Most men also use local southwest Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Yerong Children still learn Yerong first, but begin learning Zhuang at a young age and are fluent by adulthood. (Li Jinfang 2006).

Other Comments

Officially classified within Yao nationality. Traditional religion.