Zhuang, Qiubei


A language of China

Alternate Names
Bau i, Bui, Buyi, Northern Zhuang, Qiubei Sha

140,000 (2007 census). 28,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 150,000.


Yunnan province: Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, west edge Guangnan and Qiubei counties; Qujing municipal prefecture, Shizong county, Longqing Yi-Zhuang and Wulong Zhuang autonomous districts.

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Language Status

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


None known. Not mutually intelligible with Guibian Zhuang [zgn], Nong Zhuang [zhn], or Dai Zhuang [zhd]. Lexical similarity: 83% with Guibian Zhuang [zgn], 69% with Yongbei (standard) Zhuang [zyb], 64%–66% with Nong Zhuang [zhn] and Yang Zhuang [zyg], 55% with Dai Zhuang [zhd]. (2011 E. Johnson). A member of macrolanguage Zhuang [zha].



Language Use

All village domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes.


Han (Hanzi, Kanji, Hanja) script [Hani], dating from Han dynasty, mainly used in non-official domains, gaining popularity. Latin script [Latn], 1985–early 1990s, experimental use in education.

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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