A language of China

Alternate Names
Rao, Rau, Then, Yang Hwang, Yanghuang

20,000 (Bradley 2007a). Ethnic population: 25,000 (2000 D. Bradley).


Guizhou province: Dushan, and east Pingtang counties; Huishui, south of Guiyang; some in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Bouyei.


Hedong, Hexi, Huishui. Reportedly similar to Sui [swi], some scholars consider T’en to be a dialect of Sui (Shearer and Sun 2002).

Language Use

Moderately vigorous. Chinese and Bouyei [pcc] in the area also speak T’en. Religion. Some young people, all adults. All ages, but not used by children and young people as often as adults. Also use Bouyei [pcc].

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. Texts.

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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