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Sibe Language
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1. General

Sibe (ɕivə gizun, the official Chinese term Xī​bóyǔ 錫伯語), is a Tungusic language spoken in Xīnjiāng by the descendants of a Manchu garrison sent to Xīnjiāng in 1764. At present, they are officially classified as a part of the Sibe nationality (Xī​bózú 錫伯族). Thanks to the 250 year-long isolation from historical developments in Manchuria and to their status as a colonial garrison that hindered assimilation with the surrounding population, at present the Xīnjiāng Sibes…

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Veronika ZIKMUNDOVA, “Sibe Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000264>
First published online: 2015

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