Northern Qiang language

Northern Qiang language
Northern Qiang
Spoken in Sichuan Province
Ethnicity Qiang people
Native speakers 57,800  (1999)
Language family
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cng

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 consonants

Labial Dental Post-
Retroflex Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Plosive voiceless p t k q
voiced b d ɡ
Affricate voiceless ts
aspirated tsʰ tʃʰ tʂʰ tɕʰ
voiced dz
Fricative voiced β z ʐ ʑ ɣ ʁ
voiceless ɸ s ʂ ɕ x χ h
Trill voiced r
Lateral voiced l
voiceless ɬ
Approximant ɻ j w

See also

External links


  • 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.
  • Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (Ed.). (2005). Ethnologue: Languages of the world (15th ed.). Dallas, TX: SIL International. ISBN 1-55671-159-X. (Online version:
  • 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.

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