Miao, Western XiangxiPrint
L1 users: 820,000 (Wang and Mao 1995), decreasing.
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region: Nandan county, Hechi municipality; Guizhou province: Songtao county, southeast Chongqing and Tongren municipalities, Xiushan and Youyang counties; Hubei province: Xuan’en county; Hunan province: Baojing, Fenghuang, Guzhang, Huadan, Jishou, Longshan, and Xinhuang Mayang counties.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Miao.
None known. Inherently unintelligible of other Miao varieties. A member of macrolanguage Hmong [hmn].
Vigorous, strong sense of ethnic identity. Most domains except education. Positive attitudes. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].
Latin script [Latn], pinyin-based, 1951–1956, 1958–1969, and from 1978, experimental.