Dao language (China)

Native toChina
RegionYajiang County, Sichuan
Native speakers
2,685 (1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

The Dao language (Chinese: 倒话; Daohua) is a ChineseTibetan mixed language or creolized language of Yajiang County, Sichuan, China. Word order is SOV as in Tibetan (Yeshes Vodgsal Atshogs 2004:6), while the lexicon consists of words derived from both Chinese and Tibetan.


Yeshes Vodgsal Atshogs (2004:6) reports that Dao is spoken in the following townships of Yajiang County, Sichuan, China. Within these administrative townships, Dao is spoken in 8 villages, comprising a total of 504 households and 2,685 individuals as of 1995.

  • Hekou town 河口镇 (including Mazishi village 麻子石村[3])
  • Bajiaolou township 八角楼乡
  • Xiala township 呷拉乡

Choyo, a Qiangic language, is spoken just to the north of Dao, and is also spoken in Xiala township 呷拉乡.

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  1. ^ Yeshes Vodgsal Atshogs (2004:6)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Daohua". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Representative dialect covered by Atshogs (2004)
  • Yeshes Vodgsal Atshogs / Yixiweisa Acuo [意西微萨・阿错]. 2004. A study of Dao [倒话研究]. Beijing: Ethnic Publishing House [民族出版社]. ISBN 978-7-105-06016-0

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