Wa, Vo


A language of China

Alternate Names
Ban, K’awa, Kawa, La, Pan, Pinyin, Pun, Va, Vo, Wa Pwi, Wakut

40,000 in China (Zhou Zhizhi et al 2004). Many monolinguals. Ethnic population: 430,000 (2010 census). Includes Awa [vwa] (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 40,700.


Southwest Yunnan Province, Lincang prefecture, Yongde and Zhenkang counties; Simao prefecture, Lancang Lahu autonomous county.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality: Wa.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Lahu [lhu], Lü [khb], Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Used as L2 by Blang [blr], Lahu [lhu].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 76% in any language (2000 census, Va nationality). Bible: 2016.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian.

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