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Extinct: no
Family: Sino-Tibetan
Branch: Tai
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Region: Area where southeastern Guizhou (Yuping Autonomous County), western Hunan, and northern Guangxi provinces meet, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, 20 contiguous counties.
Countries Where Spoken: 1,480,750 speakers out of 2,514,014 in the official nationality (1990 census). 62% of the 2,388,310 Dong speakers speak Southern Dong.
Countries Where Official: China
Native Speakers: 1,480,750
Speakers Total: 2,514,014
Phrasebase members who speak Tung at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Tung at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Tung: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Tung: 0
Three Letter Code: KMC
Alternative Names: KAM, GAM, DONG, TUNG, TUNG-CHIA
Summary: Reported to be close to Mulam. 93% lexical similarity within Southern Dong, 71% between Northern Dong and Southern Dong. 49% lexical similarity with Northern Zhuang, 46% with Laka, 29% with Laqua, 28% with Buyang, 26% with Hlai, 24% with Gelo, 22% with Lati, 6% with Hmong, 4% with Mien. Speakers of Northern Dong are more bilingual than those of Southern Dong. Speakers use Mandarin for literature. An official nationality in China. "Kam" is their own name, "Dong" is the Chinese name. Traditional way of life is relatively undisturbed. Investigation needed: intelligibility with dialects, N. Dong. Dictionary. 9 tones. Has an official orthography. Magazines. Agriculturalists: rice, tung oil, tea oil; forestry. Polytheist.

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