Nung language (Tai)

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Not to be confused with Nung language.
Nùng
Native to Vietnam
Native speakers
970,000  (2009 census)[1]
Tai–Kadai
  • Tai
    • Zuojiang–Southwest
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nut
Glottolog nung1283[2]

Nùng is a Tai–Kadai language spoken mostly in Cao Bằng and Lạng Sơn provinces in Vietnam. It is also known as Bu-Nong, Highland Nung, Nong, Tai Nung, Tay, and Tày Nùng. Nung is the name given to the various Tai languages of northern Vietnam that are spoken by peoples classified as Nùng by the Vietnamese government.

In the 1999 census, it had about 850,000 speakers.

Varieties[edit]

Nung consists of many varieties, some of which are listed below.[3][4]

Nùng Vên (En), a language formerly undistinguished from its surrounding Central Tai dialects, was discovered to be a Kra language by Hoàng Văn Ma and Jerold A. Edmondson in 1998. Its speakers are classified as Nùng by the Vietnamese government.

There is an ISO proposal to assign Nùng An its own code as a Northern Tai language.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nùng at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Nung (Viet Nam)". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Edmondson, Jerold A., Solnit, David B. (eds). 1997. Comparative Kadai: the Tai branch. Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington Publications in Linguistics 124. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington.
  4. ^ http://ling.uta.edu/~jerry/research/map.html
  5. ^ [1]

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