Central Min

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"Min Zhong" redirects here. For the town in Zhongshan, Guangdong, see Minzhong, Zhongshan. For present location of the Qin dynasty-era Minzhong prefecture, see Fuzhou. For Qing dynasty official, see Yu Minzhong.
Central Min
Min Zhong
Native to Southern China, United States (mainly California)
Region eastern Fujian; Fuzhou; Yong'an, Sanming
Native speakers
3.1 million (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 czo
Glottolog minz1235[2]
Min dialect map.svg
  Central Min

Central Min, or Min Zhong (simplified Chinese: 闽中语; traditional Chinese: 閩中語; pinyin: Mǐnzhōngyǔ), is a part of the Min group of varieties of Chinese. It is spoken around Yong'an, Sanming and Sha located in the central mountain areas of Fujian. The total population of approximately 3 million native speakers, is the fourth most common subgroup of Min.



  1. ^ Central Min at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Min Zhong Chinese". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Norman, Jerry (1974), "The initials of Proto-Min", Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 2 (1): 27–36, JSTOR 23749809.  (includes a description of the phonology of the Yong'an dialect)