Southern Qiang (Rrmearr)

Southern Qiang is a member of the Qiangic branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken in the north of Sichuan Province in the south west of China, particularly in Li, Wenchuan and Mao counties. In 1999 there were about 81,300 speakers of Southern Qiang

Southern Qiang is also known as Ch'iang or Rrmea. The native name of the language is Rrmearr. Dialects include: Dajishan, Taoping, Longxi, Mianchi, Heihu, Sanlong and Jiaochang, which are not mutually intelligible. It is closely related to Northern Qiang.

Southern Qiang can be written with the Latin alphabet. A new script, known as the Qiang or Rma Script, was introduced in 2017.

Latin alphabet for Southern Qiang

Latin alphabet for Southern Qiang

Download an alphabet chart for Southern Qiang (Excel)

Details of the Southern Qiang alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel (PDF)


Information about Southern Qiang

Qiangic languages

Northern Qiang, Pumi, Southern Qiang, Tangut

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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