Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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Subject: Language and Linguistics

Editor-in-Chief: Rint SYBESMA, Leiden University

Associate Editors: Wolfgang BEHR University of Zürich, Yueguo GU Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zev HANDEL University of Washington, C.-T. James HUANG Harvard University and James MYERS National Chung Cheng University

Early Release Version: content being added regularly, expected completion Fall 2016.

The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions they have been investigated in.

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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: 2016-11-09