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Longyan Min

Longyan Min
Native to China.
Region Fujian Province
Native speakers
740,000 (approx.)  (date missing)[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None
     Longyan prefecture

Longyan Min (龍岩閩語), is a variety of Min Chinese spoken in the Longyan region of the southern Chinese province of Fujian. The Longyan Min people had settled in the region from southern part of Fujian Province as early as the Tang dynasty period (618–907). Longyan Min has in the past been influenced by the Hakka language due to large numbers of Hakka migrants into the region. As a result, it has limited intelligibility with other Min Nan dialects, such as Teochew and HokkienTaiwanese. Today, Longyan Min is predominantly spoken in Longyan's Xinluo District and Zhangping City. Branner classifies Longyan as Coastal Min, but separate from Southern and Eastern Min.[1] He assigns a similar classification to the Wan'an dialect of Wuping County.[2] Longyan Hakka on the other hand is spoken in Changting County, Yongding County, and Shanghang County.


  1. ^ Branner, David Prager (1999). "The Classification of Longyan" (PDF). In Simmons, Richard VanNess. Issues in Chinese Dialect Description and Classification. Journal of Chinese Linguistics monograph series 15. pp. 36–83. 
  2. ^ Branner, David Prager (2000). Problems in Comparative Chinese Dialectology — the Classification of Miin and Hakka (PDF). Trends in Linguistics series 123. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-015831-1. 

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