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Qiāng 羌 Language

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Author(s): Jonathan P. EVANS | Jackson T.-S. SUN
1. Introduction Qiang (Qiāng 羌) is a language within the Qiangic branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family, spoken in Ābà Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture (Ābà Zàngzú-Qiāngzú Zìzhìzhōu 阿壩藏族羌族自治州) in Northern Sìchuān by about 110,000 people of the Qiang and Tibetan nationalities. Rather than being considered a single language, Qiang is better treated as a cluster of closely related languages and their dialects, as many of its varieties are not mutually intelligible. In this article, we use the term varieties to avoid making explicit claims on the dialects vs. language…
Date: 2017-03-02