Zhuang, Yang

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A language of China

Alternate Names
De-Jing Vernacular of the Southern Dialect of the Zhuang Language, Dejing Zhuang, Gen Yang, Jingxi Zhuang, Lang, Nong, Nung Giang, Tianbao, Tuhua, Yangyu, Yangzhou, Zhuangyu Nanbu fangyan Dejing tuyu
Population

765,000 in China (2004). 745,000 in the Dejing area (Jingxi, Napo, and Debao Counties, Guangxi).

Location

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, most Zhuang populations of Jingxi, Debao, and Napo counties; Yunnan Province, Funing county, scattered in Bo’ai, Xinhua, Zhesang, Dongbo, Guichao, and Banlun townships and districts. Also in Viet Nam.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Caj coux (Jiazhou, Zouzhou), Fouh (Fu), Sengh (Sheng), Tianbao (Dianbao, Tianpao), Yang (Tuhua, Yangyu). Most similar languages are Nong Zhuang [zhn], Zuojiang Zhuang [zzj], Yongnan Zhuang [zyn], and other Nung languages of Viet Nam. Lexical similarity: 70% with Nong Zhuang [zhn], Yang [zyg], Yongnan [zyn], Zuojiang, and Dai [zhd], 65% with Yongbei Zhuang [zyb].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Also use southwestern dialect of Mandarin [cmn] or Ping dialect of Yue Chinese (Cantonese) [yue].

Writing
Han (Hanzi, Kanji, Hanja) script, dating from Han dynasty, mainly used in non-official domains, gaining popularity. Nüshu script, used by women only.
Other Comments

Officially classified within Zhuang nationality. Traditional religion, Daoist, Buddhist (Mahayana).

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