Guiyang Miao

Guiyang Miao
Native to China
Region Guizhou
Native speakers
190,000 (1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
huj  Northern
hmy  Southern
hmg  Southwestern
Glottolog guiy1235[2]

Guiyang Miao, AKA Guiyang Hmong, is a Miao language of China. It is named after Guiyang County, Guizhou, though not all varieties are spoken there. The endonym is Hmong, a name it shares with the Hmong language.


Guiyang was given as a subgroup of Western Hmongic in Wang (1985).[3] Matisoff (2001) separated the three varieties as distinct Miao languages, not forming a group. Wang (1994) adds another two minor, previously unclassified varieties.[4]

Mo Piu may also be a variety of Guiyang Miao.

Representative dialects of Guiyang Miao include:[5]


  1. Northern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Southern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Southwestern at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Guiyang". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. 王辅世主编,《苗语简志》,民族出版社,1985年。
  4. 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。
  5. Mortensen, David (2004). “The Development of Tone Sandhi in Western Hmongic: A New Hypothesis”. Unpublished, UC Berkeley.

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