A language of China

Alternate Names
Huo Nte

910 (1999 Mao Zongwu). 580 Luofu, 390 Lianhua (McConnell 1995). 200 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 710,000 (2000 census). 375,000 (Fujian Province), 171,000 (Zhejiang Province), 78,000 (Jiangxi Province), 45,000 (Guizhou Province), 28,000 (Guangdong).


Southeast Guangdong Province. Luofu: Boluo and Zengcheng counties; Lianhua: Haifeng and Huidong counties. More than 10 villages.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct). Language of recognized nationality: She.


Lianhua (Western She), Luofu (Eastern She). Major linguistic differences with Iu Mien [ium]. Reportedly most similar to Jiongnai Bunu [pnu]. Dialects inherently intelligible. Classification within Hmong-Mien is in dispute (McConnell 1995:1320).


SVO; modifiers precede noun heads; mainly monosyllabic roots, but mainly compound words; loans from Hakka and Cantonese Chinese; tonal, 8 tones.

Language Use

Most ethnic She use Hakka Chinese [hak] as L1 and other Chinese as well (Bradley 2007). All domains. Mainly adults. Neutral attitudes. Also use Hakka Chinese [hak], Mandarin Chinese [cmn], Min Nan Chinese [nan].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 88% in any language for She nationality (2000 census). Grammar.
Other Comments

Shehua refers to Hakka [hak] variety spoken by the She. Daoist.