Datian Min
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Datian Min
Datian Min
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Native toSouthern China
RegionDatian County, Saming Prefecture, Fujian
Native speakers
250,000 (2012)[1]
Language codes
None (mis)
  Datian Min

Datian Min (simplified Chinese: ?; traditional Chinese: ?; pinyin: Dàtián M?ny?; Pe?h-?e-j?: T?i-chhân bân-gú or simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Dàtián Huà 'Datian speech') is a Southern Min language spoken in Datian County, Sanming City, Fujian Province, China. It has been influenced by other Min languages, including Central Min, Eastern Min, Northern Min and Puxian Min.

Datian Min developed from Hokkien, a dialect of Southern Min. Before the year 1535, this area belonged to four counties: Youxi, Dehua, Yong'an and Zhangping. Hokkien was spoken in Dehua and Zhangping, while Yong'an and Youxi spoke Central Min and Eastern Min respectively. Datian County was set up and affiliated to Yanping Fu (, mordern Nanping) which spoke Northern Min in 1535. Language contact occurred in the later days. The county changed affiliate to Yongchun Zhou (, mordern Yongchun County, spoke Hokkien dialect) in 1734, then to Yong'an Division (?, mordern Sanming Prefecture, spoke Central Min) in 1949. The administrative here changed so frequently that the differences between Datian Min and Hokkien dialect became more and more obvious.

Datian Min has little intelligibility with other varieties of Southern Min, and is sometimes classified as a separate branch of Min. Some Chinese scholars call it Min dialects transition area ().


  1. ^ Zhou, Changji (2012). B2--5 . ? [Language Atlas of China] (in Chinese). (2nd ed.). Beijing: Commercial Press. pp. 177-180. ISBN 978-7-100-07054-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Datian". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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