Mo Piu language

Mo Piu
Mơ Piu
Native to Vietnam
Region Lào Cai Province
Native speakers
240 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None

Mo Piu (Mơ Piu) is an unclassified Hmongic language spoken in the village of Nậm Tu Thượng, Nậm Xé Township, western Văn Bàn District, Lào Cai Province.[2] It was first documented in 2009 by a team of French linguists as part of the MICA Institute's "Au Co" Project.

Geneviève Caelen-Haumont reported 237 speakers as of 2011. She notes that Mo Piu is highly divergent from neighbouring Hmongic languages in Vietnam.[1]

Ly Van Tu & Vittrant (2014) tentatively classify Mo Piu as a Guiyang Miao dialect.[3]


  1. 1 2 Caelen-Haumont, Geneviève (2011), "Towards the tonal system of an unknown language from south-east Asia: a deeper insight", Proceedings of the Tonal Aspects of Languages (2012) (PDF).
  2. 22.05 N, 104.0166 E
  3. Jean-Cyrille Ly Van Tu & Alice Vittrant (2014). Place of Mơ Piu in the Hmong Group: A Proposal. Paper presented at SEALS 24, Yangon, Myanmar.

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