A language of China

Alternate Names
Bê, Limkow, Linkow, Ongbe, Ong-Be, Vo Limkou

600,000 (2000 Liang Min). 350,000 Lincheng, 170,000 Qiongshan. 100,000 monolinguals.


Hainan province: Lingao county, parts of Chengmai, Danxian, and Qiongshan counties on north central coast; Haikou city suburbs.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Han.


Lincheng (Lingao Proper-Dengmai), Qiongshan.


SVO; Lincheng reportedly has 7 tone categories, Qiongshan 13. Loans from Cantonese [yue] and Hainan variety of Min Nan Chinese [nan].

Language Use

Vigorous. Other speakers in the area use it. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Min Nan Chinese [nan].

Language Development
Chinese characters read with Lingao pronounciation. Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Buddhist, Daoist.

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