600,000 (2000 Liang Min). 350,000 Lincheng, 170,000 Qiongshan. 100,000 monolinguals.
Hainan Province, north central coast, Lingao county, parts of Danxian, Chengmai, and Qiongshan counties, Haikou city suburbs.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Han.
Lincheng (Lingao Proper-Dengmai), Qiongshan.
Vigorous. Other speakers in the area use it. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Urban residents also use Hainan dialect of Min Nan Chinese [nan]. 300,000 also speak Chinese, 200,000 use the Hainan dialect, 100,000 speaking Jun or Danzhou dialects. Chinese used in secondary schools.
Traditional religion, Buddhist, Daoist.