A language of China

Alternate Names
Gang Bau, Kang Bau, Kang Beu, Kang Pau

80,000 (Liang and Zhang 2002). 10,000 monolinguals. Women and small children are monolingual. Ethnic population: 120,000.


Guangdong province: Fengkai county, Chang’an, Jinzhuang, and Qixing districts, several villages; southwest Huaiji county, Dagang, Liangcun, Qiaotou, Shidong, and Yonggu districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Han.


Minor dialect differences, but all mutually intelligible.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Yue Chinese [yue], specifically a local dialect, when communicating with Chinese-speaking Han and Zhuang people.

Language Development

There is an effort to use more standard Mandarin in schools in the Biao area. Grammar.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Consider themselves a distinct ethnic group from Chinese-speaking Han people around them. Traditional religion, Buddhist, Daoist.

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