A language of Kyrgyzstan

Alternate Names
Dzhunyan, Huizu, Kwuizwu, Tungan, Zwn’jan

56,300 in Kyrgyzstan (2009 census). Ethnic population: 58,100 (2009 census). Total users in all countries: 108,400.


Bishkek city; Chuy region: 2 small nearby border areas; Osh region; Ysyk-Kol region: Karakol area.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).


Ganzu (Gansu), Shaanxi (Shensi), Yage. Shaanxi and Ganzu varieties have difficult mutual inherent intelligibility. Debate over whether Dungan has 3 tones (a merging of 2 standard Mandarin tones) or 4 tones (with only a partial merging of the 2 standard Mandarin tones). Different from Mandarin [cmn] in phonology and lexicon.

Language Use

Those under 50–55 speak Russian [rus] as L1.

Language Development

Bible portions: 2006–2011.


Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Came from China over 100 years ago. Muslim.

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