Chinese, Min Bei


A language of China

Alternate Names
Min Pei, Northern Min

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


North Fujian Province, 7 counties around Jian’ou. Some in Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality: Han.


None known. 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. A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho].



Language Use

All ages. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].

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

Latin script [Latn], from 1896 to some time after last publication in 1922.

Other Comments

Buddhist, Christian, Daoist.

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