Zhuang, Qiubei

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Bau i, Bui, Buyi, Northern Zhuang, Qiubei Sha
Population

140,000 (2007 census). Under 25% monolingual. Ethnic population: 150,000.

Location

Southeast Yunnan Province, Qiubei county (and west edge Guangnan county), Wenshan Zhuang Miao autonomous prefecture; Qujing municipal prefecture, Shizong county, Longqing Yi-Zhuang and Wulong Zhuang autonomous districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Not mutually intelligible with Guibian Zhuang [zgn], Nong Zhuang [zhn], or Dai Zhuang [zhd]. Lexical similarity: 83% with Guibian Zhuang [zgn], 69% with Yongbei (standard) Zhuang [zyb], 64%–66% with Nong Zhuang [zhn] and Yang Zhuang [zyg], 55% with Dai Zhuang [zhd]. (2011 E. Johnson).

Typology

SVO

Language Use

All village domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Other Comments

Officially classified within Zhuang nationality. Traditional religion.