A language of China

ISO 639-3: huq

Population 3,800 (1999 Zheng Yiqing). Ethnic population: 5,000 (2000 D. Bradley).
Region Southern Hainan, villages of Huixin and Huihui in the Yanglan suburban district of Sanya City.
Alternate names   Utsat, Utset, Huihui, Hui, Hainan Cham
Dialects Closest to Northern Roglai, but very different. Tsat is structurally changed to be like Chinese.
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Malayic, Achinese-Chamic, Chamic, North
Language use Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive language attitude. Others speak second-languages Fukienese or Cantonese Chinese for commerce, or Mandarin Chinese for school.


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Part of the Hui nationality. The phonology suggests a history of some independence from other Chamic languages (Maddieson). Their name for themselves is 'Utsat', for their language 'Tsat'. 'Huihui' or 'Hui' is the Chinese name. Tonal. Coastal. Fishermen; agriculturalists: vegetables. Muslim.