Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

Get access 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

Help us improve our service

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.

More information: Brill.com

Zàiwǎ 载瓦

(3,506 words)

Author(s): Anton LUSTIG
Zàiwǎ 載瓦 (Tsaiwa, Tsaiva) is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by approximately 100,000 people in the western corner of Yúnnán province in China and neighboring parts of Burma. (Note that Lustig 2010 writes Zǎiwà, using tonal readings of the Chinese characters that correspond more closely to the actual pronunciation of Zàiwǎ speakers.) Within China, most of the Zàiwǎ people live in Déhóng 德宏 prefecture in western Yúnnán, numbering approximately 76,500 in 2000 (Zhū and Lèpái 2012). Within Kachin St…
Date: 2017-03-02