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, Longhe district, Gonghe village; Pohe district, Shanhe, Yong’an, and Guoba villages; Debao county, Batou district, Rongtun village on the Yunnan Province and Vietnam border.

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Language Status

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


None known. 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. Most men also use local southwest Mandarin Chinese [cmn] (Li Jinfang 2006). Also use Guibian Zhuang [zgn], Yang Zhuang [zyg]. Children still learn Yerong first, but begin learning Zhuang at a young age, and are fluent by adulthood. (Li Jinfang 2006).

Other Comments

Traditional religion.