Buyang, Baha


A language of China

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

600 (Li 1997), decreasing.


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

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Language Status

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


Yalang, Ecun, Langjia. 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].


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

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. 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 also use Guibian Zhuang [zgn], especially adults. Some also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn], the local Southwest Mandarin variety.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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