Hmong-Mien languages

Hmong-Mien languages

Language family of southern China, northern Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand with more than 10 million speakers. Hmongic (Miao) languages include Hmu, Hmong, Qo Xiong, Bunu, and Ho Ne; Mienic (Yao) languages include Mien, Mun, Biao Min, and others. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, many Hmong and Mien speakers emigrated from China to Southeast Asia. Hmong-Mien languages share some characteristics with other languages of the area, most notably Chinese. However, scholars have not reached consensus on the genetic relationships between Hmong-Mien and other languages; some believe that Hmong-Mien is part of the Sino-Tibetan linguistic family, while others believe that there is no genetic relationship between Hmong-Mien and any other living language.


Hmong-Mien languages or Miao-Yao languages

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