Mak language

Not to be confused with Mak language (Adamawa).
Native to China
Region Libo County, southern Guizhou
Ethnicity 10,000 (2000)[1]
Native speakers
5,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mkg
Glottolog makc1235[2]

The Mak language (Chinese: 莫语; autonym: ’ai3 ma:k8) is a Kam–Sui language spoken in Libo County, Qiannan Prefecture, Guizhou, China. It is spoken mainly in the four townships of Yangfeng 羊/阳风乡 (including Dali 大利村 and Xinchang 新场村 dialects[3]), Fangcun 方村, Jialiang 甲良, and Diwo 地莪 in Jialiang District 甲良, Libo County. Mak speakers can also be found in Dushan County. Mak is spoken alongside Ai-Cham and Bouyei.[4] The Mak are officially classified as Bouyei by the Chinese government.

Yang (2000) considers Ai-Cham and Mak to be different dialects of the same language.

The Fangcun was first studied by Fang-Kuei Li in 1942, and the Yangfeng dialect was studied in the 1980s by Dabai Ni of the Minzu University of China.[4] Ni also noted that the Mak people only sing Bouyei folk songs, and that about 5,000 Mak people have shifted to the Bouyei language.


  1. 1 2 Mak at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Mak (China)". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Ni Dabai [倪大白]. 2010. 侗台语概论 [An introduction to Kam-Tai languages], p.249. Beijing: Ethnic Publishing House [民族出版社]. ISBN 978-7-105-10582-3
  4. 1 2 Dabai, Ni. 1988. "Yangfeng Mak of Libo county." In Jerold A. Edmondson and David B. Solnit (eds.), Comparative Kadai: Linguistic studies beyond Tai, 87-106. Summer Institute of Linguistics Publications in Linguistics, 86. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington.

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