Ethnologue.com home
Ethnologue > Web version > Country index > Asia > China > Miao, Western Xiangxi

Miao, Western Xiangxi

A language of China

ISO 639-3mmr

Population  820,000 (1995 F. Wang), decreasing.
Region  Northwest Hunan Province, Huadan, Fenghuang, Baojing, Jishou, Guzhang, Longshan, Xinhuang Mayang counties; northeast Guizhou Province, Songtao County, Tongren and southeast Chongqing municipalities; Xiushan and Youyang counties; southwest Hubei Province, Xuan’en County; north Guangxi Province, Nandan County, Hechi municipality.
Language map  Southwestern China, reference number 9
Alternate names   Eastern Miao, Ghao-Xong, Hsianghsi Miao, Huayuan Miao, Meo Do, Northern Miao, Red Meo, Red Miao, West Hunan Miao, Western Ghao-Xong, Western West-Hunan Miao
Dialects  Not inherently intelligible with other Miao varieties.
Classification  Hmong-Mien, Hmongic, Xiangxi
A member of macrolanguage Hmong [hmn] (China).
Language use  Vigorous, strong sense of ethnic identity. Most domains except education. Positive attitude.
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 40% or more. Dictionary.
Comments  Part of Miao nationality. Traditional religion.
Contact us