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Zhuang, Yang

A language of China

ISO 639-3zyg

Population  870,000 in China (2000).
Region  Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, most Zhuang populations of Jingxi, Debao, and Napo counties; Yunnan Province, Funing County, scattered in Bo’ai, Xinhua, Zhesang, Dongbo, Guichao, Banlun townships and districts. Also in Viet Nam.
Language map  Southwestern China, reference number 10
Alternate names   De-Jing Vernacular of the Southern Dialect of the Zhuang Language, Dejing Zhuang, Gen Yang, Jingxi Zhuang, Nung Giang, Tianbao, Tuhua, Yangyu, Zhuangyu Nanbu fangyan Dejing tuyu
Dialects  Yang (Yangyu, Tuhua), Tianbao (Tianpao, Dianbao), Fouh (Fu), Cuengh (Zong), Sengh (Sheng), Caj coux (Zouzhou, Jiazhou). Most similar languages are Nong Zhuang [zhn], Zuojiang Zhuang [zzj], Yongnan Zhuang [zyn], and other Nung languages of Viet Nam. Lexical similarity: 70% between Nong Zhuang [zhn], Yang [zyg], Yongnan [zyn], Zuojiang, and Dai [zhd], 65% with Northern Zhuang [ccx].
Classification  Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Be-Tai, Tai-Sek, Tai, Central
A member of macrolanguage Zhuang [zha] (China).
Language use  Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Also use Southwestern Mandarin Chinese [cmn] or Ping dialect of Yue Chinese (Cantonese) [yue].
Comments  Classified as Zhuang nationality. Agriculturalists: rice; animal husbandry. Traditional religion, Daoist.

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Viet Nam

Language name   Zhuang, Yang
Population  About 50% are monolingual.
Region  North, Cao Bang Province, Ha Quang District.
Alternate names  Thu Lao, Tu, Tuliao, Tuzu, Wen-Ma Southern Zhuang
Language use  Vigorous. All domains. All ages.
Comments  Agriculturalists; animal husbandry. Traditional religion, Daoist.