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Sui

Sui is a member of the Kam-Sui branch of the Tai language family. It is spoken mainly in Guizhou province in southern China, and also in northern Vietnam. In 2007 there were about 300,000 speakers of Sui, which is known as Thủy in Vietnam.

The majority of Sui speakers live in Sandu Shui Autonomous County (三都水族自治县) in Guizhou. There are also Sui speakers in Hechi City (河池) and Nandan County (南丹) in the neigbouring province of Guangxi. In Vietnam Sui is spoken in Hồng Quang Village in Chiêm Hoá District of Tuyên Quang Province.

Sui alphabet and pronunciation

Sui can be written with the version of the Latin alphabet shown below. It was also written was a written with a logographic script known as 水书 (shuǐshū), which includes about 500 characters, and was used by shamans for geomancy and divination. Efforts are being made by the Chinese government to preserve the Sui script, and it was added to the intangible cultural heritage list in 2006. The Sui usually write in Chinese these days.

Sui alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Sui (Excel)

Some examples of characters in the Sui script

Sui script characters

Source: https://baike.baidu.com/pic/水书/1723852/0/7ac88051a26d2b1a43a75b39?fr=lemma&ct=single#aid=0&pic=203fb80e7bec54e7289d4e2cb8389b504fc26a8a

Sample text in the Sui script

Sui alphabet

Source: https://baike.baidu.com/pic/水书/1723852/0/7ac88051a26d2b1a43a75b39?fr=lemma&ct=single#aid=0&pic=7ac88051a26d2b1a43a75b39

Sample video in and about Sui

Links

Information about the Sui language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui_language
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui_(langue)
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/swi
http://www.china.com.cn/aboutchina/zhuanti/shuizu/2009-05/14/content_17806574.htm

Tai-Kaidai languages

Ahom, Bouyei, Dehong Dai, Kam, Lanna, Lao, Lue, Shan, Sui, Tai Dam, Thai, Zhuang

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

Semanto-phonetic writing systems

Akkadian Cuneiform, Ancient Egyptian (Demotic), Ancient Egyptian (Hieratic), Ancient Egyptian (Hieroglyphs), Chinese, Chữ-nôm, Cuneiform, Japanese, Jurchen, Khitan, Linear B, Luwian, Mayan, Naxi, Sawndip (Old Zhuang), Sui, Sumerian Cuneiform, Tangut (Hsihsia)

Other writing systems


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