Mai dialect

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Mai
邁話
Mài huà
Native to China
Region Hainan (Sanya)
Native speakers
15,000 (2007)[1]
Sino-Tibetan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None

Mai (simplified Chinese: 迈话; traditional Chinese: 邁話; pinyin: Mài huà) is a variety of Chinese of uncertain affiliation spoken in the area of 崖县 Yáxiàn (Sanya) in southern Hainan, China. It was classified as Yue in the Language Atlas of China, but that is no longer certain. There are about 15,000 speakers of Maihua in southern Hainan.[1]

Classification[edit]

Jiang, et al. (2007) considers Maihua to be a mix of Yue Chinese, Hakka-Gan, and Hainanese Min.[1]

Distribution[edit]

Maihua is spoken in the following areas.[1]

  • Yanglan Village 羊栏村, Fenghuang Town 凤凰镇 (originally called Yanglan Town 羊栏镇), in the northwestern part of Sanya City (5,000 speakers)
  • Linjia Village 林家村 and Miaoshan Village 妙山村 of Miaolin Township 妙林乡 (6,000 speakers)
  • Shuinan Village 水南村, Gongbei Village 拱北村, etc., in Yacheng Town 崖城镇, western Sanya City 三亚市 (about 1,000 speakers)

The Utsat language is spoken just to the west of the Maihua area. Just to the southwest is Haibo Village 海波村, where Danzhouhua 儋州话 is spoken.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jiang Huo 江荻; Ouyang Jueya 欧阳觉亚; Zou Heyan 邹嘉彦. 2007. "Hainansheng Sanyashi Maihua yinxi" [海南省三亚市迈话音系]. In Fangyan [方言] 2007(1), 23—34.
  • Jiang Huo 江荻; Ouyang Jueya 欧阳觉亚; Zou Heyan 邹嘉彦. 2007. "Hainansheng Sanyashi Maihua yinxi" [海南省三亚市迈话音系]. In Fangyan [方言] 2007(1), 23—34.
  • 海南岛的"迈话"--一种混合型方言