The Qiang are an ethnic minority (pop. 198,000) living across five counties in mountainous northwest Sichuan Province, China. Because of their small population and their geographic distribution, their language and culture are in danger of being lost; now only about half of the people of the Qiang nationality still speak the Qiang language.
This project to make a lasting record of this endangered language and culture, and document the geographically and generationally gradual effect of language contact, began in the late 90s. It was planned that a field survey of fifteen different variants of the Qiang language and culture would be carried out. The aim was to also make an extensive record of lexical, grammatical, narrative, sociolinguistic and cultural information, and video and still photos to be taken of the lifestyle, dress, and other cultural aspects. Due to funding and time constraints however, this project has been on hold for a number of years. Linguistic data and images that have been gathered so far will be made available on this web site, and the plan is for the collected data to eventually be used to make a web-based dialect atlas showing the distribution of various linguistic and cultural features.
Much of the content on the site is reproduced with permission from A Grammar of Qiang, a 1996 work by Randy LaPolla and Huang Chenglong. The prepublication draft can be found here.