Duoxu: Documentation of a Critically Endangered Language of South-West China
|Depositor:||Katia Chirkova, Han Zhengkang (韩正康)|
The Duoxu (多续 or 多须) language is a little-known and virtually undescribed Tibeto-Burman language, spoken in Mianning county (冕宁县). This county is located in Sichuan province (四川省) in the People’s Republic of China.
The Duoxu ethnic group currently counts approximately 2,000 people. They essentially live in the administrative seat of Mianning county and the villages around it, as well as in six outlying townships of that county, namely Shaba zhen (沙坝镇), Houshan (后山), Fuxing (复兴), Hui'an (惠安), Haha (哈哈), and Linli (林里). The language of the group is severely moribund. It is currently spoken by no more than 9 individuals, all in their 70s and 80s.Duoxu is currently considered as the central dialect of the Ersu (尔苏) language, which is in turn classified as a member of the Qiangic subgroup of the Tibeto-Burman language family (ISO-639 code ers). Duoxu is closely related to the Ersu language and the Lizu language (a.k.a. the western dialect of Ersu).
Group represented Duoxu
Language information Other names: Duoxu (多须), Tosu
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