Kim Mun


A language of China

Alternate Names
Chasan Yao, Gem Mun, Hainan Miao, Jim Mun, Jinmen, Kem di mun, Kem Mun, Kimmun, Lan Tin, Lanten, Lowland Yao, Man Lantien, Men, Mun, Shanzi Yao

200,000 in China (Wang and Mao 1995). 61,000 in Hainan Province (2000 census). Total users in all countries: 374,500.


Guizhou province: 17 counties.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Yao. The majority officially classified within Yao nationality.


Dao Quan Trang, Dao Ho. Not intelligible with Iu Mien [ium]. Lexical similarity: 78% with Iu Mien [ium], 67% with Biao-Jiao Mien [bje], 59% with Dzao Min [bpn].

Language Development

Latin script [Latn], used since 1983, experimental, used in China.

Other Comments

The largest Yao group after Iu Mien. Daoist.

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