Buyang, Baha

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Buyang, Buyang Zhuang, Guangnan Buyang, Western Buyang
Population

600 (Li Jinfang 1997), decreasing.

Location

Yunnan Province, Wenshan Zhuang-Miao autonomous prefecture, northern Guangnan county, Dixu district, Yanglian village; Bada district, Anshe village.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Ecun, Langjia, Yalang. Similar to Langnian Buyang [yln] and E’ma Buyang [yzg]. Lexical similarity: 50% with Langnian Buyang [yln], 48% with E’ma Buyang [yzg], 46% with Yerong (Yalang Buyang) [yrn], 45% with Pubiao [laq], 41% with Laji (Lachi) [lbt], 40% with Lao [lao], 35% with Mulao [mlm], 32% with Lingao [onb], 28% with Northern Zhuang, 27% with Dong, 22% with Cun [cuq].

Typology

SVO; adjectives follow nouns; tonal, 6 tones (combining categories in checked and unchecked syllables)

Language Use

As of 1995, still used by all ages in Dixu district’s Yanglian village, but only older people can speak it in Bada district’s Anshe village. In Anshe, younger people shifted to Guibian Zhuang [zgn]. All adults also use local Guibian Northern Zhuang [zgn]; some also use local Southwest Mandarin Chinese [cmn].

Other Comments

Officially classified within Zhuang nationality. Traditional religion.