Chinese, Min Bei

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A language of China

Alternate Names
Min Pei, Northern Min
Population

10,300,000 in China (1984). Population total all countries: 10,304,000.

Location

North Fujian Province, 7 counties around Jian’ou. Also in Singapore.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

The Chinese now divide Chinese Min into 5 major varieties: Min Nan [nan], Min Bei [mnp], Min Dong [cdo], Min Zhong [czo], and Pu-Xian [cpx]. Others say there are at least 9 varieties which are inherently mutually unintelligible.

Typology

Tonal

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 91% (2000 census, Han nationality). Highly literate in Chinese and they use that literature. NT: 1934.
Other Comments

Majority officially classified within Han nationality. Buddhist, Daoist, Christian.

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