Pingtang Miao

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Pingtang Miao
Native to China
Region Guizhou
Native speakers
24,000 (1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Linguist list
ping Pingtang
  dush Dushan
  lupi Luodian–Pingyan
  wanl Wangmo–Luodian
Glottolog None

Pingtang Miao, named after Pingtang County (平塘 píngtáng) in which it is spoken, is a group of Miao languages of China.


The four varieties of Pingtang were listed as unclassified branches of Chuanqiandian Miao (Western Hmongic) in Wang (1983).[2] Li (2000) classified them together as one of eight branches of Western Hmongic,[3] a position maintained in Wu and Yang (2010).[4]


There are four varieties of Pingtang according to Li (2000):

  • North (Strecker's Pingtang Miao), 11,000 speakers
  • East (Strecker's Dushan Miao), 4,000
  • South (Strecker's Luodian–Pingyan Miao), 6,000
  • West (Strecker's Wangmo–Luodian Miao AKA Mhang), 3,000

These are at approximately the distance of the varieties of the other branches of West Hmongic, which Ethnologue assigned separate ISO codes.


  1. ^ 王辅世、毛宗武,《苗瑶语古音构拟》,中国社会科学出版社,1995年。
  2. ^ Wang Fushi (1983). "Miáoyǔ fāngyán huàfēn wèntí (On the Dialect Divisions of the Miao Language)". Mínzú Yǔwén 5:1–22.
  3. ^ 李云兵,《苗语方言划分遗留问题研究》,中央民族大学出版社,2000年。
  4. ^ Wú Zhèngbiāo and Yáng Guāngyīng, 2010. 兼谈苗族英雄史诗《亚鲁王》的记译整理问题, 民族翻译.