Geographic distribution of Youjiang Zhuang
Native speakers refer to the language as Gangjdoj, which means "the local language".
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:?), and in 2007 Youjiang Zhuang was added as a separate language to Ethnologue.
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.
Youjiang Zhuang has two main writing systems characters and romanization.