The Dong people are renowned within China for their beautiful singing and
their architectural prowess. Their gifts have grown and flourished in the
valleys and mountains of Guizhou, Hunan, and Guangxi Provinces of
Southwestern China. In relative obscurity before the establishment of the
People’s Republic of China, the 2.5 million Dong people are fast gaining an
The Dong language is distinctive for its many tones. It is often referred
to outside China as Kam and occupies a significant position in the Kam-Tai
family of the Sino-Tibetan phylum.
Long Yaohong and Zheng Guoqiao are recognized authorities on Dong language
research. Mr. Long is a native speaker of Dong. He provides an
introduction, touching on many aspects of Dong history, culture, and
language, and a discussion of the grammar. Mr. Zheng supplies sections on
phonology, lexicon, and orthography. The two authors jointly present a
chapter on Dong dialects.
The book as a whole represents the first comprehensive description of the
Dong language available in English.