Wenshan Sha Zhuang Stories

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Wenshan Sha Zhuang Stories

Guibian Northern Zhuang
Guangnan County’s Babao Township Accent

These stories are from the Northern Zhuang dialect of Babao Township, Guangnan County. Because this dialect has not previously been published in written format using the national Zhuang orthography, there are not yet established spelling conventions. We are grateful to Huang Shisheng, a Zhuang student at Yunnan University of Nationalities who was born and grew up in the Babao Zhuang area, for the following Zhuang transcriptions, as well as to the Babao storytellers Meng Yizhu, Lu Shijing, Lu Wenbin, Luo Sunda, Huang Yuting, Li Yanming, Meng Yixue and translator Huang Shiying.

The Zhuang transcription of these stories as appears in the Yunnan Nationalities Press published book has been revised by Professor Lu Baocheng of Yunnan Nationalities University to conform more closely to the Chinese translation of the stories. Here we present the original verbatim transcriptions of the stories in Zhuang, along with the audio files, for those who would like to study the oral Zhuang discourse features and folkstory genre.