Huishui Miao language

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Huishui Miao
Native toChina
Native speakers
180,000 (1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
hmc – Central
hme – Eastern
hmi – Northern
hmh – Southwestern

Huishui Miao, a.k.a. Huishui Hmong, is a Miao language of China. It is named after Huishui County, Guizhou, though not all varieties are spoken there. The endonym is Mhong, though it shares this with Gejia and it is simply a variant spelling of Hmong. Raojia is closely related.

Huishui was given as a subgroup of Western Hmongic in Strecker (1987). Matisoff (2001) split it into four separate languages, and, conservatively, did not retain it as a group.


  1. ^ Central at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Eastern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Northern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Southwestern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Huishui". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.