Jiamao language

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Native to People's Republic of China
Region Hainan
Native speakers
unknown (52,000 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 jio
Glottolog jiam1236[2]

Jiamao (加茂, or Kamau) is one of the languages of the Li people. Unlike the other languages spoken by the Li, however, it is not Hlai, and is currently unclassified, though Thurgood suspects that it might be Austroasiatic.[citation needed]

In the 1980s, Jiamao was spoken by 50,000 people in central and south-central Hainan Island, mostly in Jiamao Township (加茂镇), Baoting County (保亭县). It shares less than half of its lexicon with standard Hlai.[3]

There are four Jiamao dialects.[4][5]


  1. ^ Jiamao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Jiamao". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Norquest, Peter K. 2007. A Phonological Reconstruction of Proto-Hlai. Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona.
  4. ^ http://lizu.baike.com/article-1004623.html
  5. ^ http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_49d8b2980100c9nf.html