L1 users: 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).
Guangdong province: Boluo, Haifeng, Huidong, and Zengcheng counties. More than 10 villages.
8b (Nearly extinct). Language of recognized nationality: She.
SVO; modifiers precede noun heads; mainly monosyllabic roots, but mainly compound words; loans from Hakka and Cantonese Chinese; tonal, 8 tones.
Shehua refers to Hakka [hak] variety spoken by the She. Daoist.