Cao Lan

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A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Cao, Caolan, Lan-Sán Chi, “Mán” (pej.), “Man Cao-Lan” (pej.), San Chay, San Chi, Sán-Chi
Population

169,000 (2009 census).

Location

San Chay mainly in Tuyen Quang, Lang Son, Bac Kan, and Thai Nguyen provinces; scattered in Yen Bai, Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Bac Giang, and Quang Ninh provinces.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Maintain some features from Northern Tai [nod].

Typology

Tonal.

Other Comments

Sán Chay is an official ethnic community. Possibly came from China in the 19th century. May speak a form of Yue Chinese [yue]. Traditional religion.