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Sui

A language of China

ISO 639-3swi

Population  200,000 in China (1999 X. Zeng). 100,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 200,120. Ethnic population: 406,902 (2000 census).
Region  Guangxi and northeast Yunnan; Guizhou: Sandu, and Libo districts; Guangxi: Nandan District. Also in Viet Nam.
Language maps  Southern China
Southwestern China
Alternate names   Ai Sui, Shui, Sui Li, Suipo
Dialects  Sandong (San Tung), Anyang (Yang’an), Pandong. Dialect differences are minor, although Yunnan is reportedly more different. Sandong is the standard.
Classification  Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Kam-Sui
Language use  Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitude. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Written Chinese is in use.
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 78%. Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. Films.
Comments  Classified as Shui nationality. 70 syllable-initial consonants. Agriculturalists. Polytheist, Daoist, traditional religion.

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Viet Nam

Language name   Sui
Population  120 in Viet Nam (2002 J. Edmondson).
Region  Tuyen Quang, Chiem Hoa.
Language map  Northern Viet Nam, reference number 80
Comments  Have been in Viet Nam more than 150 years.