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Tsou Language
(4,524 words)

1. Introduction

Tsou is an Austronesian language spoken in the southwest highlands of Táiwān. It has a population of around 6,705 people. Tsou has three extant dialects: Tapangʉ, Tfuya, and Luhtu. The first two dialects are mainly spoken in Alishan 阿里山 township, Chiayi 嘉義 county and the third one spoken in Hsin-yi 信義 township, Nantou 南投 county. The three dialects differ only in their lexicon and phon…

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Henry Yung-li CHANG, “Tsou Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000259>
First published online: 2015

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