identifying language spoken in forthcoming film

Nate Sims nate.a.sims at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 7 02:29:28 UTC 2014

Hi Gerald,

The woman in recording is speaking Heishui Qiang. I grew up in Sichuan
china and have been learning Qiang for the past several years. You are
right that this is a non-tibetan language and is spoken by the ethnic
Tibetans in Heishui county as well as the Qiang in Mao, Wen, and Li
counties. Maybe the director could correct / address this issue before the
film comes out? I was very excited to hear Qiang as soon as I played the



On Sun, Apr 6, 2014 at 5:48 AM, Gerald Roche <gjroche at> wrote:

> Dear all,
> Is anyone able to identify the language being spoken by the woman in this
> film?
> I met the film-maker at a conference recently, and saw a draft version of
> the film, in which the language is described as a 'dialect of Tibetan',
> which is obviously problematic. It would be great if the film could
> actually name the language being spoken. Any help appreciated. I can
> provide an audio sample of the language if needed.
> Best,
> Gerald Roche
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