Drung (Tvrung kvt)

Drung is a member of the Nungish branch of the Tibeto-Burman language family. It is spoken in Yunnan Province and in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the southwest of China. In Yunnan Drung speakers are mainly found in Gongshan Dulong and Nu Autonomous County (贡山独龙族怒族自治县) in the northwest of the province. According to the Chinese census of 2000, there are about 14,000 speakers of Drung in China. There are also Drung speakers in Kachin state in the north of Myanmar.

The two main dialects of Drung are Dulong River dialect and Nu River dialects. These dialects are largely mutually intelligible. Drung is closely related to Rawang, a language spoken in Myanmar, and also to Anong, which is spoken in Yunnan in China.

Drung is also known as Qiuzu, Tvrung, Dulong, Derung, Rawang, Trung, Taron, Kiu, Kiutze, Qiuzi, Kiupa, Kiao, Metu, Melam, Tamalu, Tukiumu, Nung or in Chinese 独龙语 (Dúlóngyǔ). The native name for the language is Tvrung kvt [tə˧˩ɻuŋ˥˧ kət˥].

Drung alphabet and pronunciation

Drung alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Tana akplvng ru ton mvnvng, chelai ong tvli wa rvmumu dvkshi te puk. Puq ton mvnvng, nacenace tvli rang.


After finishing the body part of the crossbow, on one side, I draw the shape of a bow, and I use a small knife to bore a small hole. After having bored a small hole, I slowly fit the bow into the hole.

Source: Dulong, by Randy J. LaPolla

Sample text provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

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Information about Drung

Tibetan-Burman languages

Achang, Arakanese, Balti, Bisu, Chocha Ngacha, Drung, Hajong, Hani, Hmar, Jingpho, Lashi, Lepcha, Lhao Vo, Lhomi, Lisu, Magar, Manipuri, Mro, Naxi, Newar, Nusu, Pahari, Tangkhul Naga, Tujia, Yolmo, Zaiwa

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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