Lakkja language

Not to be confused with Lakka language.
"Lakkja" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Lakka.
Native to China
Region Jinxiu Yao Autonomous County, Guangxi
Native speakers
9,000 (2007)[1]
  • Northern

    • Lakkja–Kam ?
      • Lakkja
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lbc
Glottolog lakk1238[2]

The Lakkja language (Chinese: 拉珈语, pinyin: "Lājiāyǔ; also spelled Lakkia) is a Tai–Kadai language spoken in Jinxiu Yao Autonomous County, Laibin 来宾, east-central Guangxi, China. Lakkja people are also known as the Chashan Yao, or Tea Mountain Yao, since they were traditionally considered by neighboring peoples to be a Miao–Yao (Hmong–Mien) people. The name Lakkja means mountain people. All Lakkja dialects have 5 tones.

Lakkja speakers are thought to have migrated from further east, possibly from the Biao-speaking areas of northwestern Guangdong province. Today, they live mostly in the Dayaoshan (Chinese: 大瑶山; "Big Yao Mountain") region of Jinxiu County.


The genetic affiliation of the Lakkja language within the Tai–Kadai family is uncertain, although its position could be coordinate with the Kam–Sui languages.

Dialects of Lakkia include (L.-Thongkum 1992):


Lakkja is spoken in the following locations.[3]

The Lingzu dialect still preserves /kl/ clusters, which corresponds to /kj/ in most other dialects. Additionally, Changdong 长洞 and Jintian 金田 tone /51/ corresponds to Jinxiu 金秀 tone /231/.[4]


  1. Lakkja at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lakkia". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Guangxi Minority Languages Orthography Committee. 2008. Vocabularies of Guangxi ethnic languages [广西民族语言方音词汇]. Beijing: Nationalities Publishing House [民族出版社].
  4. L.-Thongkum (1992) reports that Jintian 金田 is a less conservative dialect.


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