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

The Dao language (Chinese: 倒话; pinyin: dàohuà; lit. 'inverted language'; 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.

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

See also


  1. ^ Yeshes Vodgsal Atshogs (2004:6)
  2. ^ Representative dialect covered by Atshogs (2004)