|Region||Hà Giang, Vietnam; Wenshan, Yunnan, China|
|Native speakers||310 (2002)|
Qabiao, or sometimes Laqua (autonym: qa biau˧; Chinese: Pubiao 普标, Vietnamese: Pu Péo) is a Tai–Kadai language spoken by the Qabiao people in northern Vietnam and Yunnan, China. Alternative names for Qabiao include Kabeo, Ka Beo, Ka Bao, Ka Biao, Laqua, Pubiao (Pupeo or Pu Péo) and Pen Ti Lolo (Bendi Lolo). The meaning of the name "Qabiao" is unknown.
The Qabiao language is highly endangered. Also, most of its speakers lack access to nearby potable water.1
In China, Qabiao is spoken in Tiechang Township 铁厂镇 and Donggan Township 懂干镇 in Malipo County, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan (Liang, et al. 2007). Many Qabiao people have shifted to Southwestern Mandarin, although it is still spoken in villages such as Pufeng 普峰.2
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The Qabiao language has the following tones: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, D1, D2.1
- Diller, Anthony, Jerold A. Edmondson, and Yongxian Luo ed. The Tai–Kadai Languages. Routledge Language Family Series. Psychology Press, 2008.
- Liang Min, Zhang Junru & Li Yunbing (2007). Pubiao yu yanjiu. Beijing: The Ethnic Publishing House.
- Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.) (2005). "Qabiao". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (Fifteenth edition. ed.). Dallas, Tex.: SIL International.
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