Yao

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A language of Malawi

Alternate Names
Achawa, Adsawa, Adsoa, Ajawa, Ayao, Ayawa, Ayo, Chiyao, Ciyao, Djao, Haiao, Hiao, Hyao, Jao, Veiao, Wajao, Yawo
Population

1,760,000 in Malawi (2009 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 2,521,000.

Location

Mangochi, Machinga, Zomba, and Balaka district: bordering Mozambique, between southeast tip of Lake Malawi and Lake Kilwa; small area in Chiradzulu district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Mangoche.

Language Use

Also use Chichewa [nya], Standard Arabic [arb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 60% Chichewa [nya], 30% Arabic [arb]. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Yao in Tanzania use a different orthography from Malawi; Mozambique Yao also has some differences. Muslim.

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