A language of China

Alternate Names
Ava, Awa Wa, Va

L1 users: 98,000 (Zhou Zhizhi et al 2004). Masan Dialect: 33,000 in Ximeng County; Xiyun Dialect: 2,200 in Lancang and Menglian counties; Dawangnuo Dialect: 30,000 in Menglian and Ximeng counties; Awalei Dialect: 2,200 in Ximeng County; Awa proper: 30,600 In Lancan County.


Yunnan province: Simao prefecture: Lahu and Va, Lancang Lahu, Menglian Dai, and Ximeng Va autonomous counties.

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Language Status

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


Masan (’A Vo’, La via’, Ro via’, Vo’), Xiyun (Shixi, Va’), Dawangnuo (Damangnuo, Mangnuo, Vo’, Wangnuo), Awalei (’A vo’ loi, Awalai). Closely related languages: Vo Wa [wbm], Parauk Wa [prk], and Blang [blr].

Language Use

Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 76% (2000 census).

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Possibly also spoken in Myanmar.

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