Language of the Day for 11 January 2022


Qiang, Southern [qxs]

A language of
Population Full
81,300 (1999 J. Evans), decreasing. 8,300 Daqishan, 4,100 Taoping, 3,100 Longxi, 14,500 Mianchi, 31,000 Hehu. Around 130,000 total for Northern and Southern Qiang. 80,000 officially classified within Qiang nationality and speakers 50,000 within Tibetan nationality (1990 J-O. Svantesson). No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 310,000 (2010 census).
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Qiang.
Language Use
Parents encourage children’s excellence at school which means learning Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Some families still use Qiang at home. Home. Some of all ages. Negative attitudes. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].
Language Development
Those under 35 are functionally literate in Chinese. Dictionary.