Manchu Language
(3,674 words)

The term “Manchu” can refer either to the traditional written language or to various modern vernacular forms of the language. Manchu was first written at the very end of the16th century and has continued to be employed down to the present day. In Northeast China, the original home of the Manchu-speaking peoples, the spoken language is now on the verge of extinction (Dài 2004:535–554). Sibe (Xībó 錫伯), a Tungusic language spoken in the Ili Valley in Xīnjiāng and a couple of other places is, in reality, another form…

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Jerry NORMAN † and Steve WADLEY, “Manchu Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 22 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000237>
First published online: 2015



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