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Qabiao

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Introduction

Qabiao is a language of Vietnam. It is spoken in Hà Giang Province, Viet Nam-Yunnan-Kwangsi border, upper Clear river valley, Dunshi, Pugao, Pula, Pubang, and Manong; Yên Minh and Mèo Vac districts; Dông Van district, Phô Là and Sung Chang villages. Also in China. .

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 38% with Gelao, 33% with Lachi (See: Lachi?), 30% with Northern Zhuang, 29% with Dong (See: Dong?), 26% with Hlai (See: Hlai), 10% with Hmong, 7% with Iu Mien (See: Iu Mien).

The Qabiao Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteȥam45, rhăm2, zăm2
to blowphau53
to breathegəi24
to burnlhê1, lhăj1, te33 pəi53/ piŋ33
to buysư2, sɰ45
to chewñin33, Nin3
to choosephet33
to climbden33
to comehme53, pjang1
to cookvak33 mi45/ khu33 mi45
to countcja1, tćia53
to cryȥiak45, zjak2
to cut, hacknăn3, qai213
to die, be deadtiơ1, tie53
to digkuət33, quơt5
to dreamʔau213 pan53
to drinkhâm3, nghâm3, ŋəm33/ kən53
to eatk(ɰ)ən53, kân1
to falllhjang1
to fearlaau24, law2
to flowɬai53, lhê1, lhăj1
to flybiaŋ53, bjang1
to growbaw3, ja45
to hearcak2, tćak45
to hidepuap33
to hitlăj3, tuaŋ33/ lai33
to holdkham54/ kam213/ djap33
to huntkhiap33 ȥəŋ33, Vân2 rưng3, Vân2 zưng3
to killlai33 ṣai33/ tie53, lăj3 rhăj3, lăj3 zhăj3
to know, be knowledgeableɬau33, lhăw3, ljhaw3
to laughsaau53, săw1
to lie downʔau213, ʔăw4, ʔăw5
to live, be aliveʔai53, ʔăj1
to open, uncoverphaai53, phaj3, phjaj3
to planttap33, tăp5
to pound, beatkaai33
to sayɬai53, lhăj1
to seetaiʔ33/ qɑn33, tăj5
to sewtem3, tiam33, tjam3
to shootñiə33/ ñiu33, Njơ3
to sittaŋ33, tăng3
to sleepʔau213, ʔăw4
to sniff, smellmu24
to spittam33
to splitqalơ3
to squeezeqatjak5
to stab, piercelăj3 rhăj3, lăj3 zhăj3
to standcăw4, tćau213
to stealliak45/ lak45, qep5
to suckkân1 ʔwâj4, kân1 hwât5, muat35
to swellpu24
to swimluun24/ jəu53/ jiip33 ʔoŋ33, Vơj3
to thinkciơm4, tćiim213
to throwhuaŋ33
to tie up, fastending4, kăn1
to turnkhwaj1
to walkjin33, sê4
to vomitbuan33
to workVak2, Văk2
to yawnjiu53, jiw3

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