Kiong Nai language

Kiong Nai
Native to China
Region Jinxiu County, Guangxi
Native speakers
1,100 (1999)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pnu
Glottolog jion1236[2]

Kiong Nai (or Jiongnai, Chinese: 炯奈 jiǒngnài) is a divergent Hmongic (Miao) language spoken in Jinxiu County, Guangxi, China. The speakers' autonym is pronounced [kjɔ̄ŋ nāi] or [kjaŋ˧˩ nɛ˧˩]; kjɔŋ means 'mountain', while nai means 'people' (Meng 2001:1). Mao & Li (2002) believe it to be most closely related to She.


Mao & Li (2002) divide Jiongnai into two major dialects.

Jiongnai is spoken in the following villages in 3 townships of Jinxiu Yao Autonomous County, Guangxi (Mao & Li 2002:1).


  1. Kiong Nai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Jiongnai Bunu". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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