Northern Qiang language

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Northern Qiang
Region Sichuan Province
Ethnicity Qiang people
Native speakers
58,000  (1999)[1]
Sino-Tibetan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cng
Glottolog nort2722[2]
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Northern Qiang is a Qiangic language of the Tibeto-Burman language family spoken by approximately 130,000 people in north-central Sichuan Province, China.

Unlike its close relative Southern Qiang, Northern Qiang is not a tonal language.

Northern Qiang dialects[edit]

Northern Qiang is composed of several different dialects. Many of which are freely inter-communicable. Sun Hongkai is his book on Qiang in 1981 divides Northern Qiang into the following dialects: Luhua, Mawo, Zhimulin, Weigu, and Yadu. These dialects are located in Heishui County as well as the northern part of Mao County. The Luhua, Mawo, Zhimulin, and Weigu varieties of Northern Qiang are spoken by the Heishui Tibetans. The Mawo dialect is considered to be the prestige dialect by the Heishui Tibetans.

Names seen in the older literature for Northern Qiang dialects include Dzorgai (Sifan), Kortsè (Sifan), Krehchuh, and Thóchú/Thotcu/Thotśu. The last is a place name.[3]

Northern Qiang consonants[edit]

Bilabial Dental Post-
alveolar
Retro. Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m ɲ ŋ
Stop p
b
 

t̪ʰ

 
k
g
 
q
Affricate ts̪
tsʰ
dz̪
 

tʃʰ

 
ʈʂ
ʈʂʰ
ɖʐ
 

tɕʰ

 
Fricative
(Lateral)
ɸ β ʂ ʐ ɕ ʑ x ɣ χ ʁ h
ɬ̪
Approximant
(Lateral)
ɻ j w
Trill r̪̥

Vowel harmony[edit]

Vowel harmony exists in the Mawo (麻窝) dialect. For example, the realization of the word "one" (a) is influenced by the classifiers:[4]

  • e si (a day)
  • a qep (a can)
  • ɑ pɑu (a packet)
  • o ʁu (a barrel)
  • ɘ ʑu (a pile)
  • ø dy (a mouth)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Northern Qiang at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Northern Qiang". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ UC Berkeley, 1992, Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, vol. 15, pp. 76–77.
  4. ^ "羌语简志" by 孙宏开


Bibliography[edit]

  • Bradley, David. (1997). Tibeto-Burman languages and classification. In D. Bradley (Ed.), Papers in South East Asian linguistics: Tibeto-Burman languages of the Himalayas (No. 14, pp. 1–71). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • LaPolla, Randy J. with Chenglong Huang. 2003. A Grammar of Qiang, with Annotated Texts and Glossary (Mouton Grammar Library). Berlin. Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2006. Vowel quality in Hongyan Qiang. Language and Linguistics 7.4: 937-960.