Miao, Large Flowery


A language of China

Alternate Names
A-Hmao, Big Flowery Miao, Da Hua Bei Miao, Da Hua Miao, Diandongbei Miao, Flowery Miao, Great Flowery Tribe, Hua Miao, Hwa Miao, Northeastern Dian Miao, Northeastern Yunnan Miao, Ta Hwa Miao

300,000 (Wang and Mao 1995).


Guizhou province: Hezhang, Pu’an, Shuicheng, Weining, Zhenning, and Ziyun counties, Liupanshui municipality; Sichuan province: Panzhihua municipality; Yunnan province: Zhaotong area, Daguan, Fumin, Lufeng, Luquan, Qiaojia, Suijiang, Wuding, Xundian, Yongshan, and Yiliang counties, Anning, Chuxiong, Kunming, Qujing, and Xuanwei municipalities.

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Language Status

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


None known. Inherently unintelligible of other Miao varieties. A member of macrolanguage Hmong [hmn].


Tonal, 5–7 tones.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, community, market.

Language Development
High level of literacy among the older generation in original Pollard script. Dictionary. Bible: 2009.

Latin script [Latn], 1909–1917, 1951–1956, 1958–1966, and from 1982. Miao (Pollard) script [Plrd], used since 1905, primary usage. Pahawh Hmong script [Hmng].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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