Central Min

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Central Min
Min Zhong
Native to Southern China, United States (mainly California)
Region Yong'an, Sanming
Native speakers
(683,000 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 czo
Glottolog minz1235[2]
Linguasphere 79-AAA-hb
Min dialect map.svg
  Central Min

Central Min, or Min Zhong (simplified Chinese: 闽中语; traditional Chinese: 閩中語; pinyin: Mǐnzhōngyǔ), is a part of the Min group of varieties of Chinese. It is spoken in the valley of the Sha River in Sanming prefecture in the central mountain areas of Fujian, consisting of Yong'an, the urban area of Sanming (Sanyuan and Meilie districts) and Sha County.[1]



  1. ^ a b Wurm, Stephen Adolphe; Li, Rong; Baumann, Theo; Lee, Mei W. (1987). Language Atlas of China. Longman. p. B-12. ISBN 978-962-359-085-3.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Min Zhong Chinese". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  • Norman, Jerry (1974), "The initials of Proto-Min", Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 2 (1): 27–36, JSTOR 23749809. (includes a description of the phonology of the Yong'an dialect)
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