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DONG, SOUTHERN ( Gam, Kam, Tong, Tung, Tung-Chia )

Spoken 1,000,000 people in the area where west Hunan and north Guangxi provinces meet, in southeast Guizhou Province and in Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.
Linguistic Lineage for Dong, Southern
Language map for Southern China, reference # 37.

Lord's Prayer

Source: Leec Menl. Lix Yadc Meik (Lix Gaeml / Lix Gax) - New Testament (Dong-Kam / Chinese), 2006


The Dong Nationality is one of the 56 officially recognized nationalities in the P.R. of China. Kam is the autonym of this people. There is a population of 2.5 million Kam (1990 census), mainly in Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan provinces. The Dong language consists of two dialects: Northern Dong (with a few hundred thousand elderly native speakers) and Southern Dong (spoken by ca. 1.4 million people). This New Testament edition embodies a parallel translation of the Holy Scriptures in the Southern dialect of Dong and in Mandarin Chinese. The Dong text, based on the Greek New Testament, was translated by a team over a period of nine years. The Chinese text is a revision of the 85-year old Chinese Union Version (Hèhében Version). An extensive appendix of more than 300 pages encompasses a Dong-Chinese wordlist of items actually occurring in the New Testament, a Dong word index, a Chinese word index, an introduction to the Dong script (appropriate for literacy applications), six Middle East maps and a list of dialect correspondences.

  Contributed by: Wolfgang Kuhl – E-mail WKuhl44238@aol.com


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