Nong Zhuang language

Nong Zhuang
Native to China
Region Wenshan Prefecture
Native speakers
500,000 (2008)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 zhn
Glottolog nong1247[2]

Nong Zhuang (Chinese: 侬壮语) is a Tai language spoken in Wenshan Prefecture, Yunnan, China. In Wenshan Prefecture, it is spoken in Yanshan, Guangnan, Wenshan, Maguan, Funing, Xichou, and Malipo counties, and also in Honghe Prefecture and Vietnam. The heaviest concentrations relative to other Zhuang groups are in Xichou (96% of total Zhuang population) and Malipo (90% of total Zhuang population) counties (Johnson 2011a:43).


Below are various names (both autonyms and exonyms) for the Nong Zhuang people (Johnson 2011a:43).


Johnson (2011a) gives the following subdivisions for the Nong Zhuang peoples.

A variety of Nong Zhuang known as Ao 傲 (autonym: Genluo 艮雒) is spoken by 58 people in Banlun 板仑, Funing County (You 2013:291).[3]

Pyang Zhuang (or Fuping Zhuang 扶平壮), a Central Tai language variety closely related to Nong Zhuang, is spoken in Fuping Township 扶平乡, Debao County, Guangxi.[4]

See also


  1. Nong Zhuang at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Nong Zhuang". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. You Weiqiong [尤伟琼]. 2013. Classifying ethnic groups of Yunnan [云南民族识别研究]. Beijing: Ethnic Publishing House [民族出版社].

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