Piyo language

Native to China, Laos
Ethnicity Hani
Native speakers
120,000 (1997)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 byo
Glottolog biyo1243[2]

Piyo (Biyo, Biyue; pi31 jɔ31 (Jing 2015:11)) is a Loloish language of China. The people are ethnic Hani, and the "Bi-Ka" varieties (Biyo, Kaduo, Enu) are traditionally considered dialects of Hani. However, in the classifications of Bradley (2007) and Lama (2012), they are more distinct from Hani than other related languages are. Lama classifies Mpi as closer to Biyo dialect than Kaduo is.

In Mojiang County, the Upper Biyo (a31 tʰa̱31 pi31 jɔ31) and Lower Biyo (a31 va̱31 pi31 jɔ31) varieties are mutually intelligible (Jing 2015:11).


  1. Piyo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Biyo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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