Zhuang, Minz

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Black Zhuang, Bu Xiong, Heiyi Zhuang, Kon Min, Sung, Zong Zhuang
Population

173,000 (2004).

Location

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region: Dejing area, Debao, Jingxi, and Napo counties; Yunnan province: Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Funing county, Langheng district, Tianbeng township, Anha, Bagan, Gecai, Getao, Gezao, Longnong, Na’en, Sankeshu, Shangmabu, Tianfang, and Xionggu villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Zhuang.

Dialects

Cuengh (Zong), Minz (Min). Nong Zhuang [zhn] is reportedly most similar. A member of macrolanguage Zhuang [zha].

Typology

SVO; phonemic distinction between aspirated, unaspirated voiceless, and preglottalized voiced plosives; 6 tones on unchecked, 3–4 on checked syllables, depending on dialect.

Language Use

Home, village, traditional ceremonies. All ages. Also use Guibian Zhuang [zgn], Mandarin Chinese [cmn], Yang Zhuang [zyg].

Writing

Han (Hanzi, Kanji, Hanja) script [Hani], dating from Han dynasty, mainly used in non-official domains, gaining popularity.

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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