600,000 (2000 Liang Min). 100,000 monolinguals. 350,000 Lincheng, 170,000 Qiongshan.
Hainan Province, north central coast, Lingao county, parts of Danxian, Chengmai, and Qiongshan counties, Haikou city suburbs.
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 speak Jun or Danzhou dialects. Chinese used in secondary schools.
Officially classified within Han nationality. Traditional religion, Daoist, Buddhist.