A language of China

Alternate Names
Ban Yao, Da Ia, Daban Yao, Eastern Buyang, Guangxi Buyang, Ia Hrong, Iron Yao, Khyung Buyang, Liu Yao, Napo Buyang, Six Yao, Tie Yao, Tu Yao Indigenous Yao, Yalang, Yang Khyung, Yerong Buyang

380 (2000).


Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region: Baise prefecture, Napo county, Longhe district, Gonghe village; Pohe district, Guoba, Shanhe, and Yong’an Guoba villages; Debao county, Batou district, Rongtun village on Yunnan province and Viet Nam borders.

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Language Status

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


None known. Not mutually intelligible of the 3 Buyang languages. May be most similar to En [enc] of Northern Viet Nam. Lexical similarity: 67% with Langnian Buyang [yln], 63% with E’ma Buyang [yzg], and 46% with Baha Buyang [yha].

Language Use

Children learn Yerong first, but acquire Zhuang in school and are fluent by adulthood. Home. Some young people, all adults. Many also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn], with most men also using local southwest variety (Li 2006). Also use Guibian Zhuang [zgn], Yang Zhuang [zyg].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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