Waxianghua

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Wogang, Xianghua
Population

300,000 (1995).

Location

West Hunan Province, a 6,000 square km area, Wuling mountains, including Yuanling, Chunxi, Jishou, Guzhang, and Dayong.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Classified as Han nationality. It differs greatly from both Southwestern Mandarin (Xinan Guanhua) [cmn] and Xiang Chinese (Hunanese) [hsn], but is relatively uniform within itself. Neighboring Han Chinese, Miao, and Tujia people do not understand it. Some view it as a special variety of Chinese, others as a minority language, perhaps related to Miao.

Other Comments

Officially classified within the Han nationality.