Caodeng Rgyalrong

Authored by: Jackson T.-S. Sun

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

Print publication date:  December  2002
Online publication date:  May  2006

Print ISBN: 9780700711291
eBook ISBN: 9780203221051
Adobe ISBN: 9781135797188


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Caodeng is a dialect of Sidaba rGyalrong. Sidaba (northwestern), Situ (eastern), and Chabao (northeastern) are the three major dialects of the rGyalrong language. rGyalrong (proper), together with two neighbouring languages, Lavrung and Horpa, comprise in turn the rGyalrongic cluster of languages in the Tibeto-Burman family (Huang 1991, 2001; Sun 2000a,b). Sidaba rGyalrong is composed of two distinct subdialects: Caodeng and Shawu. Most Sidaba speakers live in the three townships Caodeng, Kangshan, and Ribu in Ma’erkang county, Aba prefecture, northwestern Sichuan; small outlier communities (of the Shawu subdialect) are also found at Aba, Rangtang, and Seda counties in the same prefecture. The Caodeng data in this chapter, representing the speech of Gaqiuli village, are from my fieldwork conducted over the past few years.

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