Zhuang, Minz

Print

A language of China

Alternate Names
Black Zhuang, Bu Xiong, Heiyi Zhuang, Kon Min, Sung, Zong Zhuang
Population

173,000 (2004).

Location

Southwest Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Dejing area, Napo, Jingxi, and Debao counties; southeast Yunnan Province, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao autonomous prefectures, Funing county, Langheng district (now in Tianbeng township), Sankeshu, Xionggu, Shangmabu, Tianfang, Getao, Gezao, Gecai, Bagan, Na’en, Longnong, and Anha villages.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Zhuang.

Dialects

Cuengh (Zong), Minz (Min). Nong Zhuang [zhn] is reportedly most similar. A member of macrolanguage Zhuang [zha].

Typology

SVO; phonemic distinction between aspirated, unaspirated voiceless, and preglottalized voiced plosives; 6 tones on unchecked, 3–4 on checked syllables, depending on dialect.

Language Use

Home, village, traditional ceremonies. All ages. Also use Guibian Zhuang [zgn], Mandarin Chinese [cmn], Yang Zhuang [zyg].

Writing

Han (Hanzi, Kanji, Hanja) script [Hani], dating from Han dynasty, mainly used in non-official domains, gaining popularity.

Other Comments

Traditional religion.