A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Bendi Lolo, Ka Bao, Ka Beo, Ka Biao, Laqua, Lolo, Pen Ti, Pu Péo, Pubiao, Pupeo, Qabiaw

690 (2009 census). Ethnic population: Most of the ethnic group use the language (Bradley 2007a). Total users in all countries: 708.


Ha Giang province: Dunshi, Pugao, Pula, Pubang, and Manong; Yên Minh and Mèo Vac districts; Dông Van district, Phô Là and Sung Chang villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized ethnic group: Pu Peo.


None known. Lexical similarity: 38% with Gelao, 33% with Lachi [lbt], 30% with Northern Zhuang, 29% with Dong, 26% with Hlai [lic], 10% with Hmong, 7% with Iu Mien [ium].

Language Use

Many also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn] (Asian Minorities Outreach 1999a). Some also use Nung [nut] (Asian Minorities Outreach 1999a).


Latin script [Latn], no longer in use.

Other Comments

Pu Péo is an official ethnic community. Traditional religion.

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