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Zhuang, Zuojiang

A language of China

ISO 639-3zzj

Population  1,500,000 in China (2000 census). Population total all countries: 1,840,000.
Region  Southwest Guangxi Province, Tiandeng, Daxin, Chongzuo, Ningming, Longzhou and Pingxiang Jingxi counties; Yunnan Province, Funing County, a few villages. Also in Viet Nam.
Language map  Southwestern China
Alternate names   Longzhou, Longyin, Ken Tho, Pho Thai, Pu Tho, Southern Zhuang, Zhuangyu nanbu fangyan Zuojiang tuyu
Dialects  Most similar languages are Yang Zhuang [zyg], Yongnan Zhuang [zyn], Nong Zhuang [zhn], and other Nung languages of Viet Nam. Lexical similarity: 70% between Nong [zhn], Yang [zyg], Yongnan, Zuojiang [zzj], and Dai [zhd], 65% with Yongbei 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 Mandarin Chinese [cmn] and Yue Chinese dialects [yue].
Writing system  Han (Hanzi, Kanji, Hanja) script.
Comments  Classified as official Zhuang nationality. The language is named for Zuojiang River that runs through this area, from northern Viet Nam into Longzhou, Chongzuo, and Fusui counties. Traditional religion, Daoist.

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Viet Nam

Language name   Zhuang, Zuojiang
Population  340,000 in Viet Nam (2000 census). About 50% monolingual. Ethnic population: There were over 850,000 Nung nationality people in Viet Nam in 2000.
Region  Lang Son Province.
Alternate names  Nung Chao
Language use  Vigorous. All domains. All ages.
Comments  Part of Nung nationality. Agriculturalists; animal husbandry. Traditional religion, Daoist.
 
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