Ná-Meo language

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Ná-Meo
Na Meo
Mieu
Native to Vietnam
Region Lang Son Province, Tuyen Quang Province
Ethnicity Mieu people
Native speakers
1,200 (2002)[1]
Hmong–Mien
Language codes
ISO 639-3 neo
Glottolog name1237[2]

Ná-Meo (Vietnamese: Na Miểu; autonym: na˥˧mjau˧˥ɬa˥˧[3]) is a language of northern Vietnam, spoken by the Mieu people. Nguyen (2007) believes Na Meo may be a Hmongic language closest to Qiandong Miao.

Classification[edit]

According to Andrew Hsiu (2015), Na Meo is most closely related to the Guncen 滚岑 and Zhenmin 振民 dialects of Southern Qiandong Miao (ISO 639-3 hms), which are spoken in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, northern Guangxi Province, China. This is evidenced by the sound change Proto-Hmong–Mien *-ɛŋ > Proto-Na Meo-Guncen-Zhenmin *-a.

Distribution[edit]

The following locations are reported in Ethnologue.

Nguyen (2007:31) reports the following additional locations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ná-Meo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ná-Meo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Hsiu (2015)