Qiangic (Ch'iang, Kyang, Tsiang), formerly known as Dzorgaic, is a language group of the northeastern Tibeto-Burman branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family, spoken mainly in Southwestern China, including Sichuan, Tibet, and Yunnan. Most Qiangic languages are distributed in the prefectures of Ngawa, Garzê, Ya'an County, and Liangshan in Sichuan province, with some in northern Yunnan province as well. Qiangic speakers are variously classified as part of the Qiang, Tibetan, Pumi, Naxi and Mongol ethnic groups by the Chinese government. The extinct Tangut language, the official language of the Western Xia Dynasty has been determined to be a Qiangic language.
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