Youjiang Zhuang
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Youjiang Zhuang
Youjiang Zhuang
Geographic distribution of Youjiang Zhuang
Native toChina
Native speakers
870,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes

Youjiang Zhuang, named after the Youjiang River in Guangxi, China, is a Northern Tai or Zhuang Language spoken in Tiandong County, Tianyang County, parts of the Youjiang District in Baise, Guangxi.

History and classification

Native speakers refer to the language as Gangjdoj, which means "the local language".

André-Georges Haudricourt in 1956 included the language of Tianzhou, the county seat of Tiangyang under Dioi, his name for Northern Zhuang.[2]

Based on data from the 1950s Guangxi Zhuang language survey, Tiandong, Tianyang and a suburb of Baise City were grouped together. This grouping was sometimes called Tianyangnese (Chinese:?). In the 1999 A Study of Zhuang Dialects this group was referred to as the Youjiang language (Chinese:?),[3] and in 2007 Youjiang Zhuang was added as a separate language to Ethnologue.[1]


Youjiang Zhuang has 10 tones, and can be considered as having 20 initials and 83 finals, though some speakers pronounce the initials /?b/ and /?d/ as /m/ and /n/ respectively.[4]

Writing System

Youjiang Zhuang has two main writing systems characters and romanization.[]


  1. ^ a b Youjiang Zhuang at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Haudricourt, André-Georges (1956). "De la restitution des initiales dans les langues monosyllabiques : le problème du thai commun". Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris (52): 307-322.
  3. ^ Zhang Junru (). Zhuàngy? F?ngyán Yánjiù () [A Study of Zhuang dialects]. p. 30. ISBN 7-5409-2293-1.
  4. ^ Zhang Junru (). Zhuàngy? F?ngyán Yánjiù () [A Study of Zhuang dialects]. pp. 62-65. ISBN 7-5409-2293-1.

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